Changes in Student Views of Religion and Science in a College Astronomy Course

Shipman, Harry L. and Brickhouse, Nancy W. and Dagher, Zoubeida R. and Letts, William J. (2002) Changes in Student Views of Religion and Science in a College Astronomy Course. Science Education, 86 (4). ISSN 1098-237X

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A cautious introduction of the dialogue between science and religion into a college astronomy course provoked diverse reactions from the 340 students in the course. We studied student responses to this curricular intervention with data from the entire class and from a set of interviews of a focus group of 19 students. Approximately half of the students in the class engaged with the issue of science and religion to some extent. There were extraordinarily few negative reactions to this minor intervention. The intellectual paths taken by students who did engage the issue were very diverse; they negotiated their ways across some complex intellectual borders in their own different ways. Some of these pathways led to internal conflict in some students, but this conflict is not necessarily an obstacle to further understanding. Several students developed some rather deep understandings of the interface between science and religion. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Sci Ed86:526–547, 2002; Published online in Wiley Interscience ( DOI 10.1002/sce.10029

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 00:43
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