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dc.contributor.advisorMoody, Sandra S. West
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Brent Arthur
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-29T18:39:00Z
dc.date.available2014-05-29T18:39:00Z
dc.date.issued2014-05
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/5046
dc.descriptionPresented to the Honors Committee of Texas State University-San Marcos In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For Graduation in the Honors College, Approved May 2014.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe process of natural selection is a pivotal component of modern biology. Because of its significance, this study was conducted to determine if student understanding of natural selection differs between rural and urban schools, potentially revealing a need to modify existing curriculum. Specifically, it was hypothesized that students attending rural schools would possess a significantly better understanding of natural selection than those students attending urban schools because of their more frequent and direct interaction with the natural world. To test this hypothesis, a middle school version of the Conceptual Inventory of Natural Selection was administered to a total of 168 students at two rural schools and two urban schools. Statistical analysis showed that there was no significant difference between the mean score of those students attending rural schools and the mean score of those students attending urban schools. However, both groups scored lower than expected, revealing that it would likely prove beneficial to implement additional environmental-based lessons and activities at both rural and urban schools.en_US
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dc.format.extent29 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectBiologyen_US
dc.subjectRuralen_US
dc.subjectUrbanen_US
dc.subjectNatural selectionen_US
dc.subjectConcept inventoryen_US
dc.titleThe Process of Natural Selection: Does Student Understanding Differ Between Rural and Urban Schools?en_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWesterlund, Julie F.
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineBiology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.departmentHonors College


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