WG1 Assessment

WG1 focuses on designing and benchmarking effective methods of gauging the understanding and acceptance of evolution and their relationship, especially in the context of overall scientific literacy. This objective will involve both the conceptual development of survey and statistical tools, and the proper processing of the resulting data (its transformation, visualization and dissemination).

Working Group’s Main Tasks

    • Performing a systematic review of existing methods and survey results directly related to the topic of evolution acceptance and understanding.
    • Developing and translating a set of standardized tools aimed at measuring the acceptance and understanding of evolution as well as related factors across different levels of education.
    • Pilot study of the standardized tools on a small scale in different European countries.
    • Disseminating existing and future data in the most compelling and publicly accessible way (including popular science outputs and papers in targeted scientific journals).

Figure: Categorisation based on data derived from the Eurobarometer (European
Commission, 2005). Picture provided by courtesy of Prof. Dr. Dittmar
Graf (Biology Education, University of Giessen, Germany).

WG 1 – Goals, status, upcoming and current work 

In the table below the goals of Working Group 1 (WG1) for the current grand period (GP2) as well as their status and how they relate to overall and WG1 deliverables are displayed.

Upcoming Meetings

Working Group 1 aims to meet regularly every last Monday of a month at 1pm (CET) via Skype. The next face-to-face meeting will take place at our annual Working Group meeting. This year it takes place at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (30 March – 01 April 2020). The call for applications to this meeting will be launched in November. 

Current Work

In the last quarter of 2019 we will…

  • … prepare the WG1 meeting in Berlin (launch the call, select the participants, planning the actual meeting, data and analyses preparation). 
  • … launch the call for a STSM (see table) 
  • … collect data until end of December 

Furthermore, – even though not directly connected to the Action, but interesting for WG1 members – currently two manuscripts are in preparation that address validity and reliability of the used questionnaire scales (to be submitted end of November latest). 

For more information and to join this Working Group please contact:

Anna Beniermann
Anna Beniermann

WG Leader
Humboldt University of Berlin

Rianne Pinxten
Rianne Pinxten

WG Vice-leader
Prof. in Didactics of Biology
University of Antwerp
Active in WGs 2 and 3