Defending Evolution: A Guide To The Evolution/Creation Controversy / Edition 1

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This handbook explains why so many students reject evolution and helps science instructors better understand students' Creationist beliefs.
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Through an examination of the beliefs of those who reject evolution, and questions and answers about science education, the authors present a cogent case and methods for teaching evolution. Appendices include organizations and statements supporting the teaching of evolution. Further support is provided by foreword writer Stephen Jay Gould (Harvard U.). B. Alters directs the new Evolution Education Research Centre at McGill U. S.M. Alters formerly taught at the U. of Missouri. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763711184
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 10/30/2001
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Introduction 5
Ch. 1 Creationists Declare War 13
Ch. 2 Creationist Students' Culture and Nature of Science 37
Ch. 3 Why Student Reject Evolution: Religious Reasons 63
Ch. 4 Why Students Reject Evolution: Nonreligious Reasons 83
Ch. 5 Why Should Students Learn Evolution? 103
Ch. 6 Questions and Answers: Science Education 113
Ch. 7 Questions and Answers: Religion 139
Ch. 8 Questions and Answers: General Education 155
Ch. 9 Questions from Instructors 165
Ch. 10 Methods for Teaching Evolution 179
App. A Organizations That Support Evolution Education 201
App. B Eight Significant Court Decisions Regarding Evolution/Creation Issues 203
App. C National Center for Science Education 207
App. D National Association of Biology Teachers: Statement on Teaching Evolution 213
App. E An NSTA Position Statement: The Teaching of Evolution 219
App. F Evolution Education Research Centre 225
Notes 227
References 237
Index 247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2006

    Its off-topic

    All this book does is speak against Creationism. It hardly even describes evolution. It should be renamed, 'Bashing Creationism'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    Invaluable for teachers.

    Brian and Sandra Alters do an excellent job of breaking down the major issues behind evolution, detailing why evolution is important, why creationists fight so strongly against it, and specifically how to go about defending evolution from attack. A must for anyone who mistakenly thinks creationism will just 'go away.'

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