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Table 1 List of published instruments that measure understanding and/or acceptance of evolution reviewed in current paper

From: Applying measurement standards to evolution education assessment instruments

Instrument Full name and brief description Citation
ECT Evolution concept test
Six items, combination of open ended and Likert-scale type
Natural selection
Bishop and Anderson (1990)
CINS Concept inventory of natural selection
Twenty multiple choice questions
Natural selection
Anderson et al. (2002)
MATE Measure of acceptance of the theory of evolution
Twenty-five-point Likert questions
Acceptance of evolution
Rutledge and Warden (1999); Rutledge and Sadler (2007)
MUM Measure of understanding of macroevolution
Twenty-seven multiple choice & 1 free response
Deep time, phylogenetics, speciation, fossils, nature of science
Nadelson and Southerland (2009)
KEE Knowledge of evolution exam
Ten questions
Moore and Cotner (2009)
EALS-long and short forms Evolutionary Attitudes and Literacy Survey
Long form: 104 Likert-scaled questions
Short form: 64 Likert-scaled questions
Religiosity, science understanding and attitudes as relates to evolution
Hawley et al. (2011)
Short and Hawley (2012)
ACORNS Assessing contextual reasoning about nature selection
Unlimited number of open-ended questions
Natural selection, non-adaptive change
Nehm et al. (2012)
I-SEA Inventory of student acceptance of evolution
Twenty-four items
Microevolution, macroevolution, human evolution
Nadelson and Southerland (2012)
EvoDevoCI No full title
Eleven multiple choice questions
Evolutionary developmental biology
Perez et al. (2013)
ATEEK Assessment tool for evaluating evolution knowledge
Four open-ended questions
Genotype, phenotype, change in allele frequencies
White et al. (2013)
GeDI Genetic drift inventory
Twenty-two agree/disagree statements
Genetic drift
Price et al. (2014)
GAENE Generalized acceptance of evolution evaluation
Thirteen Likert items
Evolution acceptance
Smith et al. (2016)
CANS Concept assessment of natural selection
Twenty-four multiple choice
Natural selection
Kalinowski et al. (2016)
  1. The italicized words correspond to the full name of the instrument, the bold italics refer to the content topic addressed by the instrument