The Creation Controversy and the Science Classroom
James W. Skehan, Craig E. Nelson 2000 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
This book provides science teachers with extensive information and useful techniques for teaching evolution and other controversial issues. The book is comprised of three sections, part one is "Modern Science and the Book of Genesis," which presents a compilation of evidence tracing the process of evolution through Earth's history. The author makes a clear distinction between the roles of science and religion and points out that they need not be in conflict. In the second section, "Effective Strategies for Teaching Evolution and Other Controversial Topics," the author recommends that teachers should teach science as a set of processes for thinking critically about alternatives. A chart lists potential problems that may be encountered when teaching controversial topics in science and suggests specific strategies for addressing them. Part three of this book is the National Science Teachers Association position on the teaching of evolution, which "supports the position that evolution is a major unifying concept of science and should be included as part of K-college science frameworks and curricula."