Although evolution is overwhelmingly accepted by scientific communities, it remains a taboo and often misunderstood subject for much of the rural American South. Amanda Glaze studies this deeply rooted cultural sentiment and its religious and societal influences in universities, schools, and communities throughout the Southeastern United States. Using both quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews, she strives to understand the experiences and perceptions of her fellow teachers and the community around her to better inform science teaching and teacher education nationwide.
Plus, join our live, online discussion on April 28th to discuss strategies for teaching evolution in the face of classroom and community resistance. Moderators include Amanda Glaze and SciFri education manager Ariel Zych. RSVP here.
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