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Table 3 Mean (± S.E.) percent correct on clicker items designed to measure evolution misconceptions by course phase

From: Correcting misconceptions about evolution: an innovative, inquiry-based introductory biological anthropology laboratory course improves understanding of evolution compared to instructor-centered courses

Semester phase Total
# Items
N
(# Students)
Pre-module % correct Post-module % correct Average change in % correct
Early Semester
3 Modules focused on basic evolutionary concepts
6 24 70.14
(S.E. = 4.48)
86.81
(S.E. = 3.01)
16.67***
Mid Semester
4 Modules focused on non-human primates and human evolution
5 24 91.67
(S.E. = 2.06)
95.00
(S.E. = 2.17)
3.33
Late Semester
4 Modules focused on living human biology
5 24 92.50
(S.E. = 2.35)
95.00
(S.E. = 2.17)
2.50
  1. ***p < .001
  2. Early Semester: 3 laboratory modules: Evolution and Scientific Thinking; Genes and Variation; Tree Building and Primate Classification
  3. Mid Semester: 4 laboratory modules: Primate Anatomy and Locomotion; Human Osteology and Forensics; Hominin ID 1: Bipedalism; Hominin ID 2: Skulls, Teeth and Diet
  4. Late Semester: 4 laboratory modules: Forensics 2: DNA Fingerprinting; Population History and Ancestry; Human Genetic Adaptation: ELISA; Human Variation: Anthropometry