Biology teachers’ conceptions of three Latin American countries about human’s place in nature and the human mind

What is the place of human beings in the animal kingdom? How teachers conceive the human mind? The project intends to answer these questions in secondary education, in which biology teachers discuss the human’s place its origin and evolution, as well as discuss the physiology and anatomy of the human brain. It is believed that the teacher’s vision can impact their students’ conceptions regarding these questions and their religiosity. It is intended to use questions from the European questionnaire, used in various continents, to portray the concepts of biology teachers. Questions about the origin of humans, God’s role in this process and human’s place in the evolutionary process and questions about the human mind will be analysed. Furthermore, interviews will be conducted seeking to validate and discuss the results of the questionnaire. The research subjects are the teachers of three Latin American countries with contrast between church and state: Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

Grant: US$14,748

Dates: January 2016 – December 2016