and the Nature of Science
the New York Academy of Sciences. April, 2006
This 2-day conference aimed at answering such questions as:
What are the basic tenets of the concept of evolution and how
does understanding evolution play an essential role in comprehending
science, and in particular, modern biology?
How can science educators from elementary schools to college
campuses respond to challenges from those who claim that intelligent
design is as valid a theory as evolution?
How can we prepare and support teachers so that they will be
able to teach evolution effectively despite the controversy?
How can state and local officials in charge of education policy
respond to attempts by religious groups and others who seek to
change the investigative nature of science education?
Now the proceedings of the conference are available to all,
with a mix of text, video, audio, and slides, all carefully integrated
in one on-line resource, divided into three sections (see below,
along with the presenters and their topics). There's a wealth
of useful information throughout: as the writer who summarized
the conference commented, "In an arena that has shaped up
to be a pedagogical struggle for survival, the conference was
a triumph for education."
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Categories covered (across the top): Overview, Meeting Report, Media, Resources, Speakers. Click on desired category on that site.
OVERVIEW: Ended with the following:
Last summer, New York Times editorialist Verlyn Klinkenborg wrote:
"Accepting the fact of evolution does not necessarily mean
discarding a personal faith in God. But accepting intelligent
design means discarding science. Much has been made of a 2004
poll showing that some 45% of Americans believe that the Earth-and
humans with it-was created as described in the book of Genesis,
and within the past 10,000 years. This isn't a triumph of faith.
It's a failure of education."
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The Nature of Science and the Evidence for Evolution
"The Nature of Science & the Scientific Virtues"
Robert T. Pennock (v,s,a)
"Evolution by Gene Duplication" Wen-Hsiung Li (v,s,a)
"Discovery and Evolution of the Protein Machines that Make
Life Possible" Bruce Alberts (s,a)
"The Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution" Leslie Aiello
Pedagogy: A View from the Trenches
"Preparation and Support Teachers Need to Teach Evolution
Effectively" Gerald Skoog (v,s,a)
"Science, Darwin, and Design: Teaching Evolution in a Climate
of Controversy" Kenneth R. Miller (s,a)
"Teaching Evolution at Dover High School" Jennifer
"Academic Infiltration of Intelligent Design" Glenn
Branch (NCSE) (v,s,a)
Meeting the Challengers: Reconciling Evolution and Morality
"Evolution and Religion: What are the Issues?"
John F. Haught (v,s,a)
"The Culture Factor in Human Evolution" Sydel Silverman
"Next Steps" Gerald F. Wheeler (NSTA) (v,s,a)