ERIC Number: EJ1049810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
How Many Times Can You Be Wrong and Still Be Right? T. H. Morgan, Evolution, Chromosomes and the Origins of Modern Genetics
Allen, Garland E.
Science & Education, v24 n1-2 p77-99 Jan 2015
Science textbooks and classes mostly emphasize what are considered by today's standards the "right" or "correct" interpretations of particular phenomena or processes. When "incorrect" ideas of the past are mentioned at all, it is simply to point out their errors, with little attention as to why the ideas were put forward in the first place, or ever gained a following. A strong case can be made, however, for presenting contrasting or even what are considered today "wrong" hypotheses as a way of not only emphasizing the dynamic nature of science (which is punctuated throughout by controversies and contrasting views), but also as a way of helping students better understand the details and workings of contemporary views. This article will illustrate these claims by examining the work of embryologist-turned-geneticist Thomas Hunt Morgan in the early decades of the twentieth century.
Descriptors: Genetics, Evolution, Scientists, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Scientific Research, Science Education History, Intellectual History, Science Experiments, Hypothesis Testing, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Recognition (Achievement)
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