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Evolution/Creationism, Teaching of

Our current "human origins" question asks the respondent theory of human origins. There are many questions that ask whether creationism should be taught in public schools, whether evolution and creationism should be given equal time, etc.


Below are 24 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • CREATION from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q41e. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about science: Creationism should be taught in public schools (CREATION) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BROADCON from National Survey of High School Biology TeachersLEARN MORE
    • Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach evolution (including answering student questions), I emphasize the broad consensus that evolution is fact even as scientists disagree about the specific mechanisms through which evolution occurred. (BROADCON) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NERVOUS from National Survey of High School Biology TeachersLEARN MORE
    • In preparing this questionnaire, we talked to a large number of teachers and other science educators. They have told us about many strategies that teachers use in teaching their high school biology classes and they share many experiences they have had. Some of these appear below. Please tell us whether you have ever done the following: I have been nervous about an open house event or a meeting with parents because I believed that I would receive complaints about the teaching of evolution. (NERVOUS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NODARWIN from National Survey of High School Biology TeachersLEARN MORE
    • Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). I believe it is possible to offer an excellent general biology course for high school students that includes no mention of Darwin or evolutionary theory. (NODARWIN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRVWRONG from National Survey of High School Biology TeachersLEARN MORE
    • Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach evolution (including answering student questions), I emphasize the possibility that portions of evolutionary theory may be proven wrong. (PRVWRONG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • REPUTSCI from National Survey of High School Biology TeachersLEARN MORE
    • Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach creationism or intelligent design (including answering student questions), I emphasize that many reputable scientists view these as valid alternatives to Darwinian theory. (REPUTSCI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIREJCT from National Survey of High School Biology TeachersLEARN MORE
    • Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach creationism or intelligent design (including answering student questions), I emphasize that almost all scientists reject these as valid accounts of the origin of species. (SCIREJCT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • STATESCI from National Survey of High School Biology TeachersLEARN MORE
    • Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach evolution, I focus heavily on what students need to know to meet state science standards. (STATESCI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • UNIFYING from National Survey of High School Biology TeachersLEARN MORE
    • Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). Evolution serves as the unifying theme for the content of the course. (UNIFYING) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VALIDALT from National Survey of High School Biology TeachersLEARN MORE
    • Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach about creationism or intelligent design (including answering student questions), I emphasize that this is a valid, scientific alternative to Darwinian explanations for the origin of species. (VALIDALT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VALIDREL from National Survey of High School Biology TeachersLEARN MORE
    • Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach creationism or intelligent design (including answering student questions), I acknowledge them as valid religious perspectives, but which are not appropriate for a science class. (VALIDREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EVOLRESP from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • And who should have the primary responsibility for deciding how evolution is taught in public schools? Should it be scientists and science teachers, parents, or school boards? (EVOLRESP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EVOLSCI from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Id like to get your views on who should and who should not have a say on how evolution is taught in public schools. In your opinion, should scientists and science teachers have a say in how evolution is addressed, or should they not have a say? (EVOLSCI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TCHCREAT from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1998LEARN MORE
    • Public schools now teach the scientific theory of evolution, which explains how life developed on Earth. Would you favor or oppose requiring public schools to also teach the Biblical version of how life on Earth was created by God? (TCHCREAT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TCHCREAT from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1998LEARN MORE
    • Public schools now teach the scientific theory of evolution, which explains how life developed on Earth. Would you favor or oppose requiring public schools to also teach the Biblical version of how life on Earth was created by God? (TCHCREAT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEACHEVL from Winthrop University Student Religion Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • There is controversy about whether the biological theory of evolution, or the biblical view of creation (called creationism), should be taught in public schools. Which do you think should be taught? (TEACHEVL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CREATION from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986LEARN MORE
    • Please choose the response that best fits your belief regarding the Creationism Controversy. Public schools should teach: (CREATION) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TCHCREAT from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1998LEARN MORE
    • Public schools now teach the scientific theory of evolution, which explains how life developed on Earth. Would you favor or oppose requiring public schools to also teach the Biblical version of how life on Earth was created by God? (TCHCREAT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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