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Dev Biol. 2008 Apr 1;316(1):2-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2008.01.021. Epub 2008 Jan 26.

You say you want an evolution? A role for scientists in science education.

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Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814-3998, USA.


We conducted a national survey of likely U.S. voters to examine acceptance of evolution, attitudes toward science and scientists, and opportunities for promoting science education. Most respondents accepted that life evolved, many accepted that it evolved through natural processes, and more favored teaching evolution than creationism or intelligent design in science classes. The majority ranked developing medicines and curing diseases as the most important contributions of science to society, and they found promoting understanding of evolutionary science's contribution to medicine to be a convincing reason to teach evolution. Respondents viewed scientists, teachers, and medical professionals favorably, and most were interested in hearing from these groups about science, including evolution. These data suggest that the scientific community has an important role to play in encouraging public support for science education.

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