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Dealing with creationist challenges: what European biology teachers might expect in the classroom

Stefaan Blancke UGent, Maarten Boudry UGent, Johan Braeckman UGent, Johan De Smedt UGent and Helen De Cruz (2011) JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL EDUCATION. 45(4). p.176-182
abstract
Creationists are becoming more active in Europe. We expect that European biology teachers will be more frequently challenged by students who introduce creationist misconceptions of evolutionary theory into the classroom. Moreover, research suggests that not all teachers are equally well prepared to deal with them. To make biology teachers aware of what they might be confronted with, we discuss three kinds of misconceptions that are common in creationist literature: misconstruing scientific methodology, making a straw man out of evolutionary theory, and demanding unreasonable evidence. We offer some suggestions as to how to deal with them, but we also note the importance of embedding this approach in a more comprehensive educational program in which students learn to think critically and in which their moral concerns and worldview are taken into account. In addition, we invite biology teachers to reflect on their own knowledge and, if necessary, to refresh it by consulting accessible yet scientifically informed literature. Although our main concern lies with teachers in Europe, our approach might be valuable to biology teachers worldwide.
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published
subject
keyword
SCIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, TEACHING EVOLUTION, EDUCATION, INTELLIGENT DESIGN, creationism, nature of science, misconceptions, teaching evolutionary theory, ORIGINS, BELIEFS, WORLDVIEWS, ACCEPTANCE
journal title
JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL EDUCATION
J. Biol. Educ.
volume
45
issue
4
pages
176 - 182
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000300145600002
JCR category
EDUCATION, SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES
JCR impact factor
0.391 (2011)
JCR rank
27/33 (2011)
JCR quartile
4 (2011)
ISSN
0021-9266
DOI
10.1080/00219266.2010.546677
project
Biotechnology for a sustainable economy (Bio-Economy)
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1060330
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1060330
date created
2010-10-18 18:07:18
date last changed
2013-02-27 09:38:00
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  abstract     = {Creationists are becoming more active in Europe. We expect that European biology teachers will be more frequently challenged by students who introduce creationist misconceptions of evolutionary theory into the classroom. Moreover, research suggests that not all teachers are equally well prepared to deal with them. To make biology teachers aware of what they might be confronted with, we discuss three kinds of misconceptions that are common in creationist literature: misconstruing scientific methodology, making a straw man out of evolutionary theory, and demanding unreasonable evidence. We offer some suggestions as to how to deal with them, but we also note the importance of embedding this approach in a more comprehensive educational program in which students learn to think critically and in which  their moral concerns and worldview are taken into account. In addition, we invite biology teachers to reflect on their own knowledge and, if necessary, to refresh it by consulting accessible yet scientifically informed literature. Although our main concern lies with teachers in Europe, our approach might be valuable to biology teachers worldwide.},
  author       = {Blancke, Stefaan and Boudry, Maarten and Braeckman, Johan and De Smedt, Johan and De Cruz, Helen},
  issn         = {0021-9266},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL EDUCATION},
  keyword      = {SCIENCE,KNOWLEDGE,TEACHING EVOLUTION,EDUCATION,INTELLIGENT DESIGN,creationism,nature of science,misconceptions,teaching evolutionary theory,ORIGINS,BELIEFS,WORLDVIEWS,ACCEPTANCE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {176--182},
  title        = {Dealing with creationist challenges: what European biology teachers might expect in the classroom},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00219266.2010.546677},
  volume       = {45},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Blancke, Stefaan, Maarten Boudry, Johan Braeckman, Johan De Smedt, and Helen De Cruz. 2011. “Dealing with Creationist Challenges: What European Biology Teachers Might Expect in the Classroom.” Journal of Biological Education 45 (4): 176–182.
APA
Blancke, S., Boudry, M., Braeckman, J., De Smedt, J., & De Cruz, H. (2011). Dealing with creationist challenges: what European biology teachers might expect in the classroom. JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL EDUCATION, 45(4), 176–182.
Vancouver
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Blancke S, Boudry M, Braeckman J, De Smedt J, De Cruz H. Dealing with creationist challenges: what European biology teachers might expect in the classroom. JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL EDUCATION. 2011;45(4):176–82.
MLA
Blancke, Stefaan, Maarten Boudry, Johan Braeckman, et al. “Dealing with Creationist Challenges: What European Biology Teachers Might Expect in the Classroom.” JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL EDUCATION 45.4 (2011): 176–182. Print.