Being at Surrey was one of the best experiences of my life and when I think about my time in the university a big smile always crosses my face.
For the first time, the National Curriculum released in May 2015 includes evolutionary theory as part of science education for year 6 students. Given that children’s misconceptions and naïve theories often hinder understanding of evolutionary theory, teachers must know what children believe about the origins of species for formal instruction in this topic to be beneficial. In our study, we interviewed 124 English parents and children. Half of the sample also discussed the origins of these entities. Seven-year-olds endorsed creationism more than evolutionary beliefs, whereas the 10-year-old children endorsed these beliefs to a similar extent. Parents, on the other hand, endorsed evolutionary theory more than creationism. We compared children whose parents endorsed evolution strongly to children whose parents did not strongly endorse evolutionary theory. Children in the latter group endorsed creationism more than evolutionary beliefs, whereas children in the former group endorsed these beliefs to a similar extent. Finally, this study further focused on a sample of parents and children who also discussed the origins of living things together. Children’s endorsements were more strongly related to the parent-child conversations than to parents’ endorsements. Although parent-child conversations were related to parents’ beliefs, sometimes beliefs not endorsed by the parents were mentioned during the discussion task.
Tenenbaum, H. R., & Hohenstein, J. M. (in press). Parent-child talk about the origins of living things. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
Researchers from the University of Surrey have found dieters who eat ‘on the go’ may increase their food intake later in the day which could lead to weight gain and obesity.
A team of researchers led by the University of Surrey, has found that front of package nutrition labels can enable consumers to make healthier food choices.
Dr Bob Patton examines the evidence behind the UK’s new alcohol guidelines that advise that men and women shouldn’t drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week.
Why does Professor Jane Ogden collaborate with her undergraduate and postgraduate students on psychology research projects?
A psychology graduate, once told she was unlikely to do well academically, has been nominated for the Young Achiever Award by Women for Africa whose aim is to celebrate and empower women from African countries.