Biological evolution education in Malaysia; Where we are now

Kamisah Osman, Rezzuana Razali, Nurnadiah Mohamed Bahri

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This paper presents the public acceptance of evolutionary theory on the current state of biological evolution education in Malaysia. The public acceptance of evolutionary theory amongst Malaysians differ according to religion but not according to educational background and economic statuses. Like other Muslim dominant countries, Islamic resurgence that took place in the 1980s has influenced the Malaysian acceptance towards evolution through (a) education reform and Islamization of Science, (b) impact of prominent Islamic scholars and their publications and (c) publications of anti-evolution by Malaysian academicians. Academic reform and Islamization of Science has caused the withdrawal of evolution from the Biology syllabus. Today's Biology subject does not contain any chapter on the theory of evolution. Generally, 70% of Malaysian teachers were shown to be most radically creationist and their attitude and conception were significantly shaped by their religious beliefs and values. With regards to the Malaysian scenario on the evolution education, no emphasis could be discussed in detail concerning the context of Malaysia's biology teachers' evolutionary theory education programs. However, evolution theory education could be a set of knowledges that the citizen should be aware of so that they will be equipped with and exposed to comprehensive and meaningful scientific knowledge supported with religious explanation. This is in order to build a literate nation and produce individuals who have stances based on their pure understanding and knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution Education Around the Globe
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages375-390
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319909394
ISBN (Print)9783319909387
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2018

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Keywords

  • Evolution education
  • Malaysia

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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Osman, K., Razali, R., & Bahri, N. M. (2018). Biological evolution education in Malaysia; Where we are now. In Evolution Education Around the Globe (pp. 375-390). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90939-4_20

Biological evolution education in Malaysia; Where we are now. / Osman, Kamisah; Razali, Rezzuana; Bahri, Nurnadiah Mohamed.

Evolution Education Around the Globe. Springer International Publishing, 2018. p. 375-390.

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Osman, K, Razali, R & Bahri, NM 2018, Biological evolution education in Malaysia; Where we are now. in Evolution Education Around the Globe. Springer International Publishing, pp. 375-390. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90939-4_20
Osman K, Razali R, Bahri NM. Biological evolution education in Malaysia; Where we are now. In Evolution Education Around the Globe. Springer International Publishing. 2018. p. 375-390 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90939-4_20
Osman, Kamisah ; Razali, Rezzuana ; Bahri, Nurnadiah Mohamed. / Biological evolution education in Malaysia; Where we are now. Evolution Education Around the Globe. Springer International Publishing, 2018. pp. 375-390
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