Evolution and Religion in American Education

An Ethnography

  • David E. Long

Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 181-190

About this book


Evolution and Religion in American Education shines a light into one of America’s dark educational corners, exposing the regressive pedagogy that can invade science classrooms when school boards and state overseers take their eyes off the ball. It sets out to examine the development of college students’ attitudes towards biological evolution through their lives. The fascinating insights provided by interviewing students about their world views adds up to a compelling case for additional scrutiny of the way young people’s educational experiences unfold as they consider—and indeed in some cases reject—one of science’s strongest and most cogent theoretical constructs. Inevitably, open discussion and consideration of the theory of evolution can chip away at the mental framework constructed by Creationists, eroding the foundations of their faith. The conceptual battleground is so fraught with logical challenges to Creationist dogma that in a number of cases students’ exposure to such dangerous ideas is actively prevented. This book provides a detailed map of this astonishing struggle in today’s America—a struggle many had thought was done and dusted with the onset of the Enlightenment.


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Authors and affiliations

  • David E. Long
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  1. 1., Department of Middle, Secondary, ReadingValdosta State UniversityValdostaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-1807-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1808-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7229
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7237
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