ERIC Number: ED230421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Evolution versus Creationism: The Public Education Controversy.
Zetterberg, J. Peter, Ed.
The University of Minnesota organized a conference ("Evolution and Public Education," December 5, 1981) to help clarify issues in the creation/evolution controversy and to examine arguments of the proponents of scientific creationism. This six-part book, a revised version of a resource manual compiled for the conference: (1) discusses the theory of evolution and its place in science education; (2) examines the creationist movement; (3) states the position of scientific creationists; (4) responds to creationists' arguments against evolution; (5) explores legal issues in the controversy; and (6) provides some perspectives on attempts to treat the Genesis creation account as science. The fifth section, on legal issues, includes Judge Overton's decision striking down the Arkansas Creationism Act, as well as pieces of legislation which reveal the changing tactics of creationists, who first sought to ban the teaching of evolution in the 1920s, then sought equal time for biblical creationism in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and now seek a two-model approach to earth science/biology teaching (evolution as one model, scientific creationism as the other). A comprehensive bibliography lists most of the important works that directly address the controversy, as well as many publications on the philosophy of science and faith issues. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Creationism, Earth Science, Evolution, Federal Legislation, Paleontology, Religious Factors, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, State Legislation
Oryx Press, 2214 North Central at Encanto, Phoenix, AZ, 85004 ($37.50).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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