ERIC Number: EJ1041906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Reference Count: 1
Evolution and Religion: Adaptation in Process?
Binder, Michael; Crowther, Christopher
Primary Science, v131 p12-14 Jan 2014
There have been many revolutions in the past 500 years but none quite so sustained and "society changing" as the march of secularisation and the move from a theocentric perspective to a scientific world view. The age of scientific discovery has led to the scientific method--put simply, evidence that can be sustained by rigorous investigation leads to the truth about the reality of the world in which we live. Most teachers of religious education (RE) are more than familiar with these ideas. It is with some trepidation that primary schools in England, with the introduction of the new National Curriculum, are now facing the task of teaching aspects of evolution. The underlying philosophy, that evolution can be demonstrated or proved in some way, seems a bitter pill for some schools to swallow, especially those that have a faith foundation (for example, those from a Christian or Muslim foundation). In some way, the perception emerges that teaching such things may contradict traditional religious teachings about the origins of the world and life found in it. While it may be understandable that there is some unease about this, these authors explain why it may be useful to reflect on the way that RE has changed in order to give some pedagogical foundations to the teachers tasked with teaching evolution, particularly in "faith" schools.
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Religion, Religious Factors, Evolution, Muslims, Islam, Scientific Concepts, State Church Separation, Religious Education, Theories, Concept Formation, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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