Examining how preservice science teachers navigate simulated parent-teacher conversations on evolution and intelligent design

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Abstract

Discussing the teaching of evolution with concerned parents is a challenge to any science teacher. Using the medical education pedagogy of standardized individuals within the field of teacher education, this article addresses how preservice science teachers elected to verbally interact with standardized parents who questioned the teaching of evolution and proposed alternative curricula. Analysis of video recordings of the simulated interactions yielded three primary themes connected to teachers' understandings of what "counts" as science, teachers' justifications for teaching evolution, and teachers' explana-tions of the impact of teaching evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-570
Number of pages19
JournalScience Education
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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