Presentation Title

Assessing the Impact of Exposure to a Naturalistic Paradigm

Location

Bell Hall 183

Start Date

28-3-2019 2:30 PM

End Date

28-3-2019 2:55 PM

Type of Presentation

25 minute Scholarly Work Presentation

Proposal for Presentation

This session will report on the results of a survey about the students’ perceptions on the study of the unit of evolution in a general biology course. The items evaluated included prior exposure to evolutionary ideas, understanding of the central tenets of evolutionary theory, impact on faith and the learning environment. Our study revealed that almost 91% of the participants reported growth or stasis in their faith. This study is positioned as a first in a series of studies in which we will evaluate the impact of early exposure to the naturalistic paradigm of evolution on student engagement in upper division biology courses as well as probing students’ perception of how this experience might influence their faith commitments.

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Mar 28th, 2:30 PM Mar 28th, 2:55 PM

Assessing the Impact of Exposure to a Naturalistic Paradigm

Bell Hall 183

This session will report on the results of a survey about the students’ perceptions on the study of the unit of evolution in a general biology course. The items evaluated included prior exposure to evolutionary ideas, understanding of the central tenets of evolutionary theory, impact on faith and the learning environment. Our study revealed that almost 91% of the participants reported growth or stasis in their faith. This study is positioned as a first in a series of studies in which we will evaluate the impact of early exposure to the naturalistic paradigm of evolution on student engagement in upper division biology courses as well as probing students’ perception of how this experience might influence their faith commitments.