ERIC Number: ED049050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Topic of Evolution in Secondary School Biology Textbooks, 1900-1968.
Skoog, Gerald Duane
Eighty-eight secondary school biology textbooks published between 1900 and 1968 were examined to determine the extent that forty-four topics related to the concept of evolution were emphasized. Prior to 1960 there was a cursory, non-controversial treatment, with a gradual increasing emphasis up to 1950. In the 1950's this trend reversed slightly. Since 1960 the activity of the BSCS resulted in the implementation of the recommendations made by professional biologists, and there was a great emphasis given to evolution which became a major theme of biology courses. Legal actions by professional societies, rather than the passing of condemnatory resolutions, resulted in the removal of some anti-evolutionary legislation in the 1960's. (Author/AL)
Descriptors: Biology, Content Analysis, Doctoral Dissertations, Evolution, Instructional Materials, Science Education History, Secondary School Science, Textbook Content, Textbooks
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Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln.