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Table 5 Results from a multiple linear regression of student incoming understanding of natural selection on all pre-test variables

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

  B SE B β
Intercept 16.21 2.27 N/A
Demographic and cultural/attitudinal measures
 1. Parental educational level .14 .29 .03
 2. Parental attitude towards evolution .45 .31 .13
 3. Student religiosity −.63 .27 −.18*
 4. Student acceptance of evolution −.30 .43 −.07
Cognitive variables
 5. Prior educational exposure 1.01 .27 .27***
 6. Teleological reasoning −1.31 .29 −.30***
Adjusted R2 .21   
  1. *p < .05, **p < .01, ***p < .001