Students Who Know Earth's Age Accept Evolution, Survey Says

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 12:36 in Psychology & Sociology

High school and college students who understand that the earth is 4.5 billion years old are much more likely to understand and accept human evolution, according to a survey published this month in Evolution. The finding could give educators a new strategy for teaching evolution, since the Earth's age is typically covered in physical rather than biological science classes. Researchers surveyed 400 students enrolled in several sections of a University of Minnesota introductory biology course for non-majors. read more

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