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Table 1 Format of 2008 focus groups

From: The Growing Visibility of Creationism in Northern Ireland: Are New Science Teachers Equipped to Deal with the Issues?

Starter questions

What are your initial impressions or thoughts on the resource?

To move into main questions

Were you familiar with any of these concepts before?

Main Questions

Did you learn anything from the educational resources viewed?

Key areas

What do you think about the evolution/creationism/intelligent design controversy?

What do you think should be discussed in the science classroom regarding these topics and in what way? Would you discuss them elsewhere?

What would you say science is?

How do you decide what is/isn’t a scientific theory?

Ending questions

If there was anything that could make a resource like that better, what might that be?

Has it made you think differently about any of the issues?