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Vortrag von Dr. M. Reiss, Professor of Biology Edcuation (University of London) as well as Professor of Education (Royal Society of England): Imagining the world: the significance of religious worldviews for science education (S37)

Di. 06.11.2007 (12:00), NWI, S37

Kontakt: Franz X. Bogner

Abstract: Science educators and teachers need to take account of religious worldviews if some students are better to understand the compass of scientific thinking and some of science’s key conclusions. I examine whether ‘science’ and ‘religion’ can better be seen as distinct or related worldviews, focusing particularly on scientific and religious understandings of biodiversity. I then explore how people can see the natural world, depending on their worldview, by looking at two contrasting treatments of penguin behaviour, namely that provided in the film March of the Penguins and in the children’s book And Tango Makes Three. It is perfectly possible for a science teacher to be respectful of the worldviews that students occupy, even if these are scientifically limited, while clearly and non-apologetically helping them to understand the scientific worldview on a particular issue.

MICHAEL J. REISS Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, UK.
email: m.reiss@ioe.ac.uk



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