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ERIC Number: ED178401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Teaching About the Creation/Evolution Controversy. Fastback 134.
The booklet discusses questions related to teaching engendered by the creation/evolution controversy, presents current positions of educators and textbooks, and recommends a two-model teaching approach. It is divided into six chapters. Chapter I defines and summarizes evolution and creationism as different belief structures, and outlines various theories relating to each from historical and current perspectives. Chapter II reviews the theory of evolution and examines some of the arguments criticizing it. Chapter III discusses ways people know about ideas or concepts, such as through an authority, faith, intuition, experience, and scientific method. Chapter IV examines educational issues in the creation/evolution controversy, including the legal aspects, the difference between fair presentation and indoctrination, parental concerns, and opposition to teaching both subjects. It presents arguments for and against both sides, as well as assumptions and controversies surrounding each issue. Chapter V attempts to answer the question, "Should we teach both creation and evolution in the schools?" It summarizes views of educational organizations, describes a two-model teaching approach, and outlines current attempts in textbooks to present a balanced version of the controversy and to emphasize both topics as theory, not scientific fact. Chapter VI states that teachers have a responsibility to present accurately all sides of a controversial issue. It recommends using the two-model teaching approach and emphasizing that there is much controversy and are many differing opinions. (CK)
Descriptors: Bias, Concept Teaching, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Creationism, Curriculum Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Evolution, Legal Problems, Models, Moral Issues, Religion, Religious Factors, Textbooks
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($0.75, quantity discounts available)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.