ERIC Number: EJ810538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Should Science Educators Deal with the Science/Religion Issue?
Reiss, Michael J.
Studies in Science Education, v44 n2 p157-186 Sep 2008
I begin by examining the natures of science and religion before looking at the ways in which they relate to one another. I then look at a number of case studies that centre on the relationships between science and religion, including attempts to find mechanisms for divine action in quantum theory and chaos theory, creationism, genetic engineering and the writings of Richard Dawkins. Finally, I consider some of the pedagogical issues that would need to be considered if the science/religion issue is to be addressed in the classroom. I conclude that there are increasing arguments in favour of science educators teaching about the science/religion issue. The principal reason for this is to help students better to learn science. However, such teaching makes greater demands on science educators than has generally been the case. Certain of these demands are identified and some specific suggestions are made as to how a science educator might deal with the science/religion issue. (Contains 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Religion, Quantum Mechanics, Genetics, Science Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Religion Studies, Interdisciplinary Approach, Scientific Principles, Creationism, Evolution, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Foundations of Education, Teaching Methods
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