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cORRELATIONS BETWEEN cREATIONISM VS. eVOLUTION AND A vARIETY

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Jessie Bagby

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Transcript of cORRELATIONS BETWEEN cREATIONISM VS. eVOLUTION AND A vARIETY

What do political affiliations, religious beliefs, and college majors have in common?
Are students more liberal or conservative when compared to parts of the U.S.?
Do liberal students favor Evolution and conservative students favor Creationism?
Researchers have previously conducted experiments to determine which are predominate throughout U.S. states, counties, and cities.
Correlations between Creationism vs. Evolution and A Variety of Factors
Survey of CSUSB Student Population
The previous researchers neglected to investigate individual beliefs of those topics collectively on university campuses.
How do the students believe life originated on Earth?
Does the length of college attendance influence the students’ point of view of all of these subjects?
What the research does tell us:
Approximately 60% of Americans profess to believing in Creationism over Evolution.
The level of acceptance and belief in Creationism or Evolution may be partially due to the geographic culture...
...or may be due to the education environment throughout ones' life...
...or even political views and affiliations.
A group of researchers from California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA decided it is important to fill this gap of knowledge.
A 6 question survey was distributed to 50 students on the CSUSB San Bernardino campus that addressed the hypothesis that...
...more educated individuals will possess a greater definitive political identification ...
...and with the strong political identification, these individuals will have a more definitive belief of creationism or evolution.
Does the major or program of study influence the students' belief in Creationism or Evolution?
Science based majors of study will have more students believing in Evolution and not Creationism.
Majors with less emphasis on scientific education will have less established beliefs of Evolution and will instead incorporate a blend of Evolution and Creationism.
32% of students believed in only Evolution and 32% of students believed in only Creationism
Results
This is an unexpected result and conflicts with previous research results.
When compared to previous research, our results do not follow the trend of having more Evolution believers on campus.
When compared to previous research, our results do not follow the nationwide trend of having more Creationism believers
This may be due to the answer choices available to surveyors during the previous research...
...or due to the amount of students surveyed during this specific survey.
More Results
The results suggest science majors are more likely to believe in only Evolution...
...and this supports the hypothesis that only Evolution will be the dominant belief among science majors.
The results suggest non- science majors are more likely to believe in only Creationism...
...and this supports the hypothesis that only Creationism will be the dominant belief among non-science majors.
Even more Results
The data in regards to whether the length of time in college influences individual students' belief was inconclusive...
...and this is an unexpected result and conflicts with previous research results and our hypothesis.
A future study that focuses primarily on this hypothesis may yield results that coincide with previous research.
The data suggests that students that identify with a political ideology also tend to identify with a correlating belief...
...liberal students favored Evolution and conservative students favored Creationism
This supported the hypothesis of liberal students believing in Evolution and conservative students believing in Creationism.
Students with liberal political ideologies are more likely to believe in Evolution...
...and students with a conservative political ideology will believe in Creationism.
Jessie Bagby
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