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Table 2 Average responses to individual items on the Measure of Acceptance of the Theory of Evolution (MATE)

From: Teaching the tourists in Galápagos: what do Galápagos National Park guides know, think, and teach tourists about evolution?

MATE item Average response (out of 5)
Organisms existing today are the result of evolutionary processes that have occurred over millions of years* 4.48
The theory of evolution cannot be tested scientifically 3.69
Modern humans are a product of evolutionary processes that have occurred over millions of years* 4.19
The theory of evolution is based on speculation and not valid scientific observation and testing 4.12
Most scientists accept evolutionary theory as a valid scientific theory* 4.44
The available data are unclear as to whether evolution actually occurs 3.48
The age of the earth is < 20,000 years 4.53
There is a significant body of data that supports evolutionary theory* 4.04
Organisms exist today in essentially the same form in which they always have 4.18
Evolution is not a scientifically valid theory 4.06
The age of the earth is at least 4 billion years* 4.01
Current evolutionary theory is the result of sound scientific research and methodology* 4.20
Evolutionary theory generates testable predictions with respect to the characteristics of life* 3.89
The theory of evolution cannot be correct since it disagrees with Biblical account of creation 3.89
Humans exist today in essentially the same form in which they always have 4.15
Evolutionary theory is supported by factual historical and laboratory data* 3.74
Much of the scientific community doubts if evolution occurs 3.82
The theory of evolution brings meaning to the diverse characteristics and behaviors observed in living forms* 4.30
With few exceptions, organisms on earth came into existence at about the same time 3.45
Evolution is a scientifically valid theory* 4.34
Average MATE score (%) 81.54
  1. To account for positively and negatively phrased items, scales were reversed so that responses indicating high acceptance of evolutionary theory are assigned a score of 5 and those indicating low acceptance receive a score of 1. Asterisks indicate positively phrased answers, where a score of 5 is “Strongly Agree” and 1 is “Strongly Disagree.” All others were transposed for calculating average responses. Sample sizes for each item vary from 60 to 63