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Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science (St. in Social and Political Theory; 19) Paperback – April 9, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0309063647 ISBN-10: 0309063647

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  • Series: St. in Social and Political Theory; 19
  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: National Academies Press (April 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309063647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309063647
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2002
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..., it is an excellent, balanced presentation of evolution and how it should be taught in public schools. It presents clearly what most people, ..., fail to understand. That is the nature of scientific inquiry and what makes an idea qualify as a scientific theory... either imply or overtly state that there is much contradictory evidence left out in this book that would refute evolutionary theory and support what they call "creation science" No biologist would deny that there are problems with evolution and that there are many things that cannot be explained yet. This is the nature of science!!!!! As more evidence is collected, ideas and theories change. The overwhelming evidence supports evolution and that's why it's one of the fundamental ideas in science. Anyway, this is a great book for teachers, and every teacher who cares about scientific truth should read it.
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By TCK on July 9, 2014
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Great ideas for teaching inquiry-based evolution.
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By CollinS on January 29, 2014
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This is a very common and reliable source for information on evolution. It provides a solid framework of understanding but by no means should be taken as a definitive source in addressing evolutionary criticism. I recommend that critics looking for more exhaustive content read more detailed books on evolutionary biology or consider reviewing research papers in the field. Realize that this book is geared towards educators, not critics. However, the nature of science and basic terminology are often overlooked if not consciously ignored by anti-evolutionists, so it's extremely important that the semantics and methods of science be understood (something which this book outlines very well). It's also entirely unreasonable to be critical of outdated or downright wrong material in science. If stronger evidence is presented to explain a behavior in the natural world, we readily adjust our scientific understanding to accommodate that evidence. Science never claims to be "right" in its explanations, and it continues to puzzle me why this draws criticism. There would be considerably more issues if science never adjusted to new evidence. Our current understanding of natural selection and evolution is the best supported understanding. There is no hidden agenda. It is simply science, and this book explains that very clearly.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SnailLady on September 2, 2008
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This book is an excellent book aimed at helping K-12 school teaching understand and teach evolution. It includes exercises on the scientific method, natural selection, and more. It also includes information for teachers that have never taught the subject and may have questions about teaching evolution.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Siri N. Wickramaratne on June 16, 2013
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This little book is easy to understand, but covers a sufficient breadth about science and the scientific method.

This addresses some issues raised by pseudo science advocates.

A good book on biological evolution and the scientific method.
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22 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
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This booklet is perhaps the finest packaging of the viewpoints and mindset of hard-line evolution educators. It is disappointing, however, in failing to deliver on its promise to become the "voice of reason" in the midst of discordant emotionalism and controversy.
The writing is good. The flow, format, sequencing, etc... are all very well done. It makes easy, clear reading. The illustrations, charts, graphs, and photos are all highly professional. What is disturbing is how dogmatic this "voice of reason" can be. In what seems a presumed effort to "make peace with" religious believers and their misgivings about evolution theory, the authors make veiled references to representative position statements from various faiths, which give assent to the most popularly accepted views of evolutionary biology. In an effort to present evolution as a rational and believable idea, the authors stretch painfully the definitions of "! ;fact" and "theory" (the likes of which I have never seen in nearly 20 years of science teaching) in order to make a purely semantic argument in favor of belief in evolution. They also present well-known established scientific concepts to the readers, as though these concepts are evidence or even proof in favor of evolution, when these concepts (e.g., symbiosis, natural selection, variation within a species population, antibiotic resistant bacteria) are in fact completely neutral to the issue of whether evolution is true or not. In this way, the authors literally comandeer much science that is agreed upon by all in the scientific community, as though it were only possible to interpret it as being in support of belief in evolution.
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