Author Note: Michael L. Rutledge, Department of Biology, Middle Tennessee State University; Melissa A. Warden, Department of Biology, Ball State University.
The Development and Validation of the Measure of Acceptance of the Theory of Evolution Instrument
Article first published online: 17 MAR 2010
1999 School Science and Mathematics Association
School Science and Mathematics
Volume 99, Issue 1, pages 13–18, January 1999
How to Cite
Rutledge, M. L. and Warden, M. A. (1999), The Development and Validation of the Measure of Acceptance of the Theory of Evolution Instrument. School Science and Mathematics, 99: 13–18. doi: 10.1111/j.1949-8594.1999.tb17441.x
- Issue published online: 17 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 17 MAR 2010
A biology teacher's acceptance or rejection of evolutionary theory as a scientifically valid explanation is potentially important to the role that evolution takes in the high school biology curriculum. Due to the nature of available instrumentation, our understanding of teacher acceptance of this complex overreaching biological theory may be incomplete or confounded. This paper describes the development and validation of the Measure of Acceptance of the Theory of Evolution (MATE)—a 20-item Likert-scaled instrument that assesses teachers' overall acceptance of evolutionary theory. Chronbach alpha reliability of the MATE is also reported.