ERIC Number: EJ884966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
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Teaching Darwinian Evolution: Learning from Religious Education
Stolberg, Tonie L.
Science & Education, v19 n6-8 p679-692 Jun 2010
This article examines what science education might be able to learn from phenomenological religious education's attempts to teach classes where students hold a plurality of religious beliefs. Recent statements as to how best to accomplish the central pedagogical concept of "learning from religion" as a vehicle for human transformation are explored, and then used to appraise the historical research into how Charles Darwin's responses to religious ideas influenced and were influenced by his scientific work. The issues identified as crucial for science educators to be aware of when teaching students Darwinian evolution are then outlined and, finally, suggestions are made to enable individual students to examine how their personal religious beliefs might interact with their growing understanding of Darwin's evolutionary approach.
Descriptors: Evolution, Religious Education, Science Teachers, Religious Factors, Student Attitudes, Science Education, Science Instruction, Scientists, Science History, Science and Society, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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