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Teaching evolution in a creationist environment: an approach based on worldviews, not misconceptions

Reiss, Michael (2008) Teaching evolution in a creationist environment: an approach based on worldviews, not misconceptions. School Science Review, 90 (331). pp. 49-56. ISSN 0036-6811

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Abstract

Creationism and intelligent design are becoming more widespread. This article examines the characteristics of religions and the possible relationship between science and religion before going on to consider how science teachers might deal with creationism in their classrooms when teaching evolution. The central argument is that creationism is best seen not as a misconception but as a worldview. The most that a science teacher can normally aspire to is to ensure that students with creationist beliefs understand the scientific position. In the short term, the scientific worldview is unlikely to supplant a creationist one. We can help students to find their science lessons interesting and intellectually challenging without their being threatening. Effective teaching in this area can not only help students learn about the theory of evolution but better to appreciate the way science is done, the procedures by which scientific knowledge accumulates, the limitations of science and the ways in which scientific knowledge differs from other forms of knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: Katie Mooney
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2009 14:24
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:02
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/109

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