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).

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

Group leader: Dr Anna Beniermann

Vice-leader:  Dr Annie Pinxten


Anna Beniermann
Anna Beniermann

Group Leader
Humboldt University of Berlin

Rianne Pinxten
Rianne Pinxten

Prof. in Didactics of Biology
University of Antwerp
Active in WGs 2 and 3