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ERIC Number: EJ1107786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
On the Relationship between "Belief" and "Acceptance" of Evolution as Goals of Evolution Education: Twelve Years Later
Smith, Mike U.; Siegel, Harvey
Science & Education, v25 n5-6 p473-496 Aug 2016
The issue of the proper goals of science education and science teacher education have been a focus of the science education and philosophy of science communities in recent years. More particularly, the issue of whether belief/acceptance of evolution and/or understanding are the appropriate goals for evolution educators and the issue of the precise nature of the distinctions among the terms "knowledge," "understanding," "belief," and "acceptance" have received increasing attention in the 12 years since we first published our views on these subjects. During that time, our own views about these issues have evolved, and this article presents a reconsideration of both these distinctions and the propriety of these goals. In particular, the present paper continues our discussion of the nature of belief as it relates to science education, and more specifically to evolution education. We extend that work to consider the import of the distinction between belief and acceptance.
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Language: English
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