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Table 3 Pearson correlations (two-tailed) among pre-test variables, assessed before exposure to course material

From: Teleological reasoning, not acceptance of evolution, impacts students’ ability to learn natural selection

Measures 1. Parent education level 2. Parent attitude evolution 3. Student religiosity 4. Student acceptance evolution 5. Prior exposure 6. Teleological reasoning
Demographic and cultural/attitudinal measures
 1. Parental educational level      
 2. Parental attitude evolution .314***     
 3. Student religiosity −.062 −.332***    
 4. Student acceptance evolution .244** .679*** −.457***   
Cognitive measures
 5. Prior exposure .091 .200** −.211** .248***  
 6. Teleological reasoning .016 .043 −.089 .100 −.038
 7. Natural selection understanding .051 .213** −.218** .156* .304*** −.295***
  1. *p < .05, **p < .01, ***p < .001