Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Beth Schults

Second Advisor

Dr. W. C. VanDebenter

Third Advisor

Dr. Thane Robinson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



It is the purpose of this thesis to: (1) discuss the place of genetics and evolution in high school biology courses; (2) specify the objectives that should be attained in teaching genetics and evolution; (3) discuss the current status of the teaching of genetics and evolution in high school biology courses; (4) suggest means of overcoming the three problems which have resulted in the poor teaching of genetics and evolution on the high school level -- first, the problem of religious opposition to the teaching of evolution; second, the problem of a lack of knowledge on the part of the teacher; and third, the problem of inadequate textbooks.

The writer has prepared five bibliographies which are designed to help the teacher improve his teaching of genetics and evolution. Theses bibliographies have been placed in appendices because their length would tend to disrupt the pattern of thought in the main body of the thesis. They are, nonetheless, very pertinent to the thesis and constitute a large portion of the work done by the writer in preparing the thesis.