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Table 1 Teacher profile

From: Is Oklahoma really OK? A regional study of the prevalence of biological evolution-related misconceptions held by introductory biology teachers

Demographic variable Variables n %a BEL-MIS
Gender Female 36 47.4 93.39
  Male 40 52.6 87.48
Highest earned degree Bachelor’s 47 61.8 90.00
  Master’s 26 34.2 89.73
  Doctorate 3 3.9 99.33
Bachelor’s degree major Biology 22 28.9 95.45
  Non-biology science 18 23.7 90.22
  Science education 22 28.9 90.04
  Non-science 12 15.8 82.75
  No response 2 2.6 -
Years’ teaching experience 0 to 5 14 18.4 89.07
  6 to 10 13 17.1 91.69
  11 to 15 14 18.4 90.71
  16 to 20 14 18.4 88.71
  >20 21 27.6 90.95
College evolution emphasis Highly emphasized 11 14.5 91.64
  Moderately emphasized 36 47.4 93.31
  Slightly emphasized 22 28.9 86.68
  Not emphasized 6 7.9 82.17
Knowledge self-rating Excellent 17 22.4 92.18
  Good 34 44.7 94.35b
  Average 21 27.6 83.95
  Fair 4 5.3 80.75b
  Poor 0 0.0 -
Teaching hours dedicated 0 2 2.6 77.00cd
  1 to 5 27 35.5 86.56
  6 to 10 19 25.0 89.84c
  11 to 15 13 17.1 89.08
  >15 14 18.4 99.86d
Average daily membership 4451.85 to 485.57 14 10.0 95.36
  482.10 to 242.95 18 23.3 91.78
  242.30 to 134.10 9 16.7 93.22
  132.10 to 78.11 11 18.3 91.55
  77.73 to 14.85 13 21.7 88.54
  No response 11 14.5 -
Urban-centric classification City 2 3.3 103.50
  Suburban 3 5.0 96.33
  Town 19 26.7 92.53
  Rural 41 65.0 90.98
  No response 11 14.5 -
  1. Maximum index score is 115. Those BEL-MIS possessing the same subscript are significantly different at P <0.05. aPercentages may not total 100 due to rounding. BEL-MIS, Biological Evolution Literacy Survey mean index score.