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ERIC Number: EJ907598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Creationism in the Classroom: A Controversy with Serious Consequences
Baker, Sylvia
Research in Education, v83 n1 p78-88 May 2010
The resignation of the Revd Professor Michael Reiss from his position as Director of Education at the Royal Society over the issue of the teaching of creationism in school science classes provides the background to this article. The immediate controversy is described and considered in relation to its wider context and to the serious questions that are raised by it. The issue that provoked the controversy, the teaching of creationism in schools, is considered in the light of empirical data. The view expressed by Professor Steve Fuller and others that the operation of an elitist power base amongst scientists, together with an atheistic agenda, may have played a part in determining the outcome of the controversy is evaluated. Finally, an extensive potential research programme is outlined, one which, if implemented, could have significance for the future of science teaching in the United Kingdom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom