ERIC Number: EJ804938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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Clergy's Views of the Relationship between Science and Religious Faith and the Implications for Science Education
Dickerson, Daniel L.; Dawkins, Karen R.; Penick, John E.
Science & Education, v17 n4 p359-386 Apr 2008
Since many teachers and students recognize other kinds of knowledge (faith) based on other ways of knowing, consideration of these realities is appropriate for the science education community. Understanding the multitude of ways that clergy view relationships between science and faith (i.e. alternative ways of knowing) would assist in understanding various ways that people address complex issues arising from ideas about science and faith. We administered a questionnaire composed of multiple-choice and short answer items to 63 United Methodist ministers. Findings included (1) that formal, organized faith contexts (e.g. church services) serve as informal science education opportunities, (2) participants demonstrated considerable diversity regarding the types of relationships developed between science and faith, and (3) participants recognized a need exists for better understandings of science and its relationship to faith for them, their colleagues, and their congregations.
Descriptors: Clergy, Science Education, Religion, Religious Factors, Questionnaires, Informal Education, Churches, Social Influences
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