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Creationist Teaching in School Science: A UK Perspective

Authors
  • Williams, James David1
  • 1 University of Sussex Falmer campus, Sussex School of Education, Brighton, BN1 9QQ, UK , Brighton (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Evolution: Education and Outreach
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Nov 21, 2007
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
87–95
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12052-007-0006-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Yellow

Abstract

The creation/evolution controversy in UK schools made headlines in the national press, on TV, and radio in 2002. Claims were made that creationism was being taught in schools. This article looks at the impact this controversy had on the UK government and how creationism is trying to gain ground in UK state schools by introducing students to Intelligent Design through promotional DVDs. Student attitude surveys eliciting views toward science and religion are examined. Concern is also expressed at how the teaching of evolution through standard textbooks may not deliver a persuasive case for evolutionary theory. The article concludes with a number of implications for researchers, teachers, and schools.

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