Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Evolution ChallengesIntegrating Research and Practice in Teaching and Learning about Evolution$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Karl S. Rosengren, Sarah K. Brem, E. Margaret Evans, and Gale M. Sinatra

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730421

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730421.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 November 2019

Cognitive Constraints on the Understanding and Acceptance of Evolution

Cognitive Constraints on the Understanding and Acceptance of Evolution

(p.47) 3 Cognitive Constraints on the Understanding and Acceptance of Evolution
Evolution Challenges

Andrew Shtulman

Prassede Calabi

Oxford University Press

Evolution by natural selection is a theory that has revolutionized the biological sciences yet has remained largely misunderstood by the public. We present an analysis of how evolution understanding is constrained by early developing essentialist biases and test that analysis with a teaching intervention targeted specifically at those biases and the various “pre-Darwinian” misconceptions they license. The intervention was successful not only at increasing students’ understanding of evolution, at both the micro level and the macro level, but also at increasing their acceptance of evolution as a whole. These results suggest that attending to the essentialist nature of students’ preinstructional misconceptions may help improve evolution education and that improving evolution education may, in turn, help improve public attitudes toward evolution.

Keywords:   evolution acceptance, evolution education, essentialism, folk biology, naïve theories, misconceptions

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .