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Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science

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By National Academy of Sciences
150 pages. 1998.
ISBN-10: 0-309-06364-7

Publisher Description:
Today many school students are shielded from one of the most important concepts in modern science: evolution. In engaging and conversational style, Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science provides a well-structured framework for understanding and teaching evolution.

Written for teachers, parents, and community officials as well as for scientists and educators, this book illustrates how evolution explains both the great diversity and the underlying similarity of the earth's organisms; it explores how scientists approach the question of evolution; and it describes the nature of science as a way of knowing about the natural world. In addition, the book provides answers to frequently asked questions to help readers understand many of the issues and misconceptions about evolution.

The book includes sample activities for teaching about evolution and the nature of science. For example, there are activities that investigate fossil footprints and population growth that teachers of science can use to introduce principles of evolution. Background information, materials, and step-by-step presentations are provided for each activity. Comprehensive and practical, Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science brings one of today's educational challenges into focus in a balanced and reasoned discussion. It can be read online at For more information and additional resources, visit



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Jonathan Sarfati in his book Refuting Evolution criticizes many aspects of the publishing of National Academy of Sciences. Among these Sarfati challenge the supposed contrast between the creationists "opinions" and the evolutionists "facts" claiming to be a misleading contrast placed in the book, exposes the lack of missing links, refutes the hypothetical evolution of birds and whales along with some considerations about astronomy, age of the earth and intelligent design.[1]

See Also


  1. Sarfati, Jonathan D (1999). Refuting Evolution. Green Forest, AR: Master Books. p. 15-134. ISBN 0-89051-258-2.