How to teach evolution to creationist students

Is it possible to break through the cloud of early education about creationism and teach college students evolutionary biology?

Or are we as teachers doomed to continuously address the question: “How do you know it evolved, were you there?

An interesting piece by  a writer for Slate and former unprepared creationist student, talks about what we know about evolution education, and the impact of early religious education on a students ability to learn in the future.

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The Phillip Medhurst Picture Torah 14. Temptation of Adam and Eve. Genesis cap 3 v 6. Moine. Slightly Modified…

 

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One comment on “How to teach evolution to creationist students

  1. Cathy Newman says:

    Yes, it is possible! Case in point: me. I wish I knew exactly what it was that convinced me, but just broadly it was a combination of lecture, reading papers and books, talking with my prof, and starting actual science research (lab work) — all of the above leading to a change in worldview to evidence-based thinking. In other words, I guarantee just throwing a bunch of evidence at me in a lecture would not by itself have done any good.

    This is fascinating to think about, and I think about it a lot so I can try to find effective ways of reaching my own students in the future. One benefit of coming from that world is that I have a much greater understanding of how they think and reason things in their minds.

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