A comparison of the level of understanding science between secondary teachers and students has been conducted. The biology teachers were made up of two groups. The newly certificated group had just completed their college training; and the other group was made up of experienced, on the job, teachers. The biology teachers were compared with groups of secondary biology students in grades 7-12 inclusive. Significant differences were found between the 7th grade group and all other groups, except the 8th grade group. The implications of teachers with less understanding of science than a sizable group of their students is discussed. There is a call for increased professional standards and improved college curricula designed to train teachers better in the ways of science and the scientist.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Miller, Phillip E.
"A Comparison of the Abilities of Secondary Teachers and Students of Biology to Understand Science,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 70(1), 510-513.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol70/iss1/82