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Table 6.
Student acceptance of evolution was assessed with the following items. These were scored according to a 5-point Likert scale. Some items were borrowed or modified from the Measure of the Acceptance of Evolutionary Theory (MATE) instrument (Rutledge & Warden, 1999). Other items from an unpublished survey by Mead & Libarkin (2013) were written in the style of the MATE.
QuestionSourceMajor Concept(s) Addressed
1. Organisms existing today are the result of evolutionary processes that have occurred over millions of years. Rutledge & Warden (MATE) Evolution happens; Evolution is explanatory 
2. Evolution is a process that is happening right now. Mead & Libarkin Evolution happens 
3. Evolution cannot ever be observed because it happens over very long periods of time. Mead & Libarkin Evolution happens; Evolution is evidence-based 
4. Evolutionary biology generally does not investigate testable ideas about the natural world. Mead & Libarkin Evolution is evidence-based 
5. Evolutionary biology relies on evidence to make claims about the natural world. Mead & Libarkin Evolution is evidence-based 
6. The available data are ambiguous (unclear) as to whether evolution actually occurs. Rutledge & Warden Evolution happens; Evolution is evidence-based 
7. Evolution can explain changes in populations of species over time. Mead & Libarkin Evolution is explanatory 
8. Evolutionary theory is supported by factual, historical, and laboratory data. Rutledge & Warden Evolution is evidence-based 
9. Computer programs can create instances of evolution (within a computational environment). Mead & Libarkin Evolution happens 
10. Evolution is a scientifically valid theory. Rutledge & Warden Evolution is explanatory; Evolution is evidence-based 
QuestionSourceMajor Concept(s) Addressed
1. Organisms existing today are the result of evolutionary processes that have occurred over millions of years. Rutledge & Warden (MATE) Evolution happens; Evolution is explanatory 
2. Evolution is a process that is happening right now. Mead & Libarkin Evolution happens 
3. Evolution cannot ever be observed because it happens over very long periods of time. Mead & Libarkin Evolution happens; Evolution is evidence-based 
4. Evolutionary biology generally does not investigate testable ideas about the natural world. Mead & Libarkin Evolution is evidence-based 
5. Evolutionary biology relies on evidence to make claims about the natural world. Mead & Libarkin Evolution is evidence-based 
6. The available data are ambiguous (unclear) as to whether evolution actually occurs. Rutledge & Warden Evolution happens; Evolution is evidence-based 
7. Evolution can explain changes in populations of species over time. Mead & Libarkin Evolution is explanatory 
8. Evolutionary theory is supported by factual, historical, and laboratory data. Rutledge & Warden Evolution is evidence-based 
9. Computer programs can create instances of evolution (within a computational environment). Mead & Libarkin Evolution happens 
10. Evolution is a scientifically valid theory. Rutledge & Warden Evolution is explanatory; Evolution is evidence-based 
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