[ASC-list] "We're a nation of creationists"

Charles Willock charlesw at cse.unsw.EDU.AU
Sun Apr 3 11:30:07 UTC 2011


Reinders Duit has an online bibliography of around 8,500 entries on 
"Students' and Teachers' Conceptions and Science Education" which
might be of interest ... English and some German.

   http://www.ipn.uni-kiel.de/aktuell/stcse/stcse.html
   http://chamrat.com/Documents/alternativeconcept.rtf

Search terms creation / evolution might be a starting point.


Charlesw


On Sun, Apr 03, 2011 at 08:06:59PM +1000, Jan Thomas wrote:
> I can't remember the figures but I do remember a survey of trainee physics teachers and an extraordinary number of them believed in creationism. So much as I'd like to believe it was and April fool, I suspect it could be near the truth.
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> On 03/04/2011, at 1:17 PM, Niall Byrne wrote:
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> > The media release failed my ???truthiness??? test.
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> > It gets even more confusing when you read the article. It???s an open web survey with some intriguing methodology.
> >  
> > But before I get too carried away, we???d better ask the editor
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> > Guy, is this an April fool?
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> > Niall Byrne
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> > 03 9398 1416
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> > niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
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> > From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Marina Hurley
> > Sent: Friday, 1 April 2011 5:42 PM
> > To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
> > Subject: Re: [ASC-list] "We're a nation of creationists"
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> > Re: "We're a nation of creationists"
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> > I find the title of this article a bit confusing. I guess I would have to read the article in full, but I cant understand the how 31% means that "We're a nation of creationists"
> > 
> > The figures quoted are  - "Overall, 31% of Australian adults are creationists, 27% believe in theistic evolution while most of the remaining 42% of Australian adults believe in natural evolution without any divine involvement." If you add together those that 'believe' in evolution, that is 69%. Is the definition of creationist just those 31% or is it including the "almost 60% of Australian adults believe that God or a supernatural being was behind the universe and all life".
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> > my regards
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> > Marina
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> > On 1 April 2011 12:32, Marina Hurley <info at writingclearscience.com.au> wrote:
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> >   1. We're a Nation of Creationists (Guy Nolch, Australasian Science)
> >   2. Story Opportunities from Australasian Science,    April 2011
> >      (Guy Nolch, Australasian Science)
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> > From: "Guy Nolch, Australasian Science" <science at control.com.au>
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> > Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:51:23 +1100
> > Subject: [ASC-media] We're a Nation of Creationists
> > For Immediate Release
> > We're a Nation of Creationists
> > Most Australians reject Darwinian evolution, believing instead in divine creation or evolution directed by God, according to a survey completed at the University of Newcastle by Dr David Wilson and published today in the April 2011 edition of Australasian Science.
> > Dr Wilson, who is now Head of the Surveillance and Evaluation Program for Public Health at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, University of NSW, surveyed 4300 subjects and cross-referenced his results with the most recent Australian Census.
> > Of almost 20 million Australians at the time of the 2006 Census, Wilson calculated that 5.3 million adults in Australia believe in the Biblical account of creation while 4.7 million Australian adults believe in ???theistic evolution???, evolution directed by God.
> > Overall, 31% of Australian adults are creationists, 27% believe in theistic evolution while most of the remaining 42% of Australian adults believe in natural evolution without any divine involvement. 
> > ???Australian society is traditionally Christian but has become increasingly secular,??? Dr Wilson writes. ???Furthermore, teaching of the Big Bang and evolutionary science has become widely accepted in our school systems.
> > ???It could therefore be considered surprising that almost 60% of Australian adults believe that God or a supernatural being was behind the universe and all life, and the majority of these people do not accept the well-established theory of evolution but believe that God brought about this universe and life, fully developed and similar to how we see it today, out of nothing.???
> > Dr Wilson believes that while belief in creationism will eventually decline over time, it will remain significant in Australia. ???Older people are more likely to believe in creationism, with 85% of Christians aged over 60 years believing in creationism compared with 60???65% of Christians in Australia aged less than 40 years,??? Dr Wilson writes.
> > ???However, with this high prevalence of creationist belief among young adults, even in a society tending more towards secularism, widespread belief in creationism will remain in Australia for a considerable time.???
> > PLEASE QUOTE AUSTRALASIAN SCIENCE AS THE SOURCE OF THIS STORY.
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> > CONTACTS
> > Dr David Wilson on 0428 231 002
> > Guy Nolch (Editor) on 9500 0015
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> > From: "Guy Nolch, Australasian Science" <science at control.com.au>
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> > Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:16:53 +1100
> > Subject: [ASC-media] Story Opportunities from Australasian Science, April 2011
> > For immediate release
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> > A Nation of Creationists
> > A survey of beliefs in the origin of life and the universe has found that the majority of Australians believe in creationism and evolution directed by God.
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