Scientific views and religious beliefs of college students: The case of biological evolution
Article first published online: 7 DEC 1998
Copyright © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Volume 34, Issue 5, pages 429–445, May 1997
How to Cite
Dagher, Z. R. and BouJaoude, S. (1997), Scientific views and religious beliefs of college students: The case of biological evolution. J. Res. Sci. Teach., 34: 429–445. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199705)34:5<429::AID-TEA2>3.0.CO;2-S
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 1998
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 1998
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 DEC 1996
- Manuscript Revised: 3 OCT 1996
- Manuscript Received: 6 SEP 1995
- National Academy of Education
The purpose of this study was to explore how some university biology majors in Beirut, Lebanon, accommodate the theory of biological evolution with their existing religious beliefs. Sixty-two students enrolled in a required senior biology seminar responded to open-ended questions that addressed (a) their understanding of the theory of evolution, (b) their perception of conflict between this theory and religion, and (c) whether the theory of evolution clashed with their own beliefs about the world. Based on their responses, 15 students were selected for an in-depth exploration of their written responses. Students' answers clustered under 1 of 4 main positions: for evolution, against evolution, compromise, and neutral. The authors suggest that teaching students about the nature of scientific facts, theories, and evidence is more likely to enhance understanding of evolutionary theory if students are given the opportunity to discuss their values and beliefs in relation to scientific knowledge. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Res Sci Teach 34: 429–445, 1997.