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Evolution Education in the American South

Culture, Politics, and Resources in and around Alabama

Editors: Lynn, C.D., Glaze, A., Evans, W., Reed, L.K. (Eds.)

  • Highlights cultural issues that make the American South unique in its relationship to evolution education
  • Highlights important research that has been conducted there
  • Delivers a timely and thoughtful account of the history of science education in the US
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This volume reaches beyond the controversy surrounding the teaching and learning of evolution in the United States, specifically in regard to the culture, politics, and beliefs found in the Southeast. The editors argue that despite a deep history of conflict in the region surrounding evolution, there is a wealth of evolution research taking place—from biodiversity in species to cultural evolution and human development. In fact, scientists, educators, and researchers from around the United States have found their niche in the South, where biodiversity is high, culture runs deep, and the pace is just a little bit slower. 

About the authors

Christopher D. Lynn, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Evolutionary Studies at The University of Alabama, USA. He studies the diversity and evolution of non-conscious cognitive behaviors that underlie cooperation, ritual, and recreation.  Amanda L. Glaze, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at Georgia Southern University, USA. She studies the intersections of science and society, especially the acceptance and rejection of evolution in the Southeastern United States.  William A. Evans, Ph.D., is Professor of Journalism and Creative Media at The University of Alabama, USA. His research focuses on science communication and evolutionary perspectives in media.  Laura K. Reed, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama, USA, with expertise in evolutionary genomics. 

Reviews

The significance of this volume extends far beyond the stated subjects of evolution and the American South. The themes and historical particularism resonate regardless of location, and would be appropriate approaches for any aspect of natural science education. Evolution Education provides a kind of ethnography of science education that illuminates useful approaches for anyone seeking to convey a contested science such as climate change or vaccination. The cultural relevance of science curricular materials has been a neglected area of study and is an important area of growth in the future. Understanding the belief-systems of those who oppose your science helps to build a dialectic dialogue in order to best meet and overcome resistance. Evolution Education achieves this through an assertive, though non-combative presentation of views. An indispensable addition to the literature, my eyes will scan colleagues’ shelves for this book in the future in order to determine if we are likeminded researchers and educators. (K. Lindsay Hunter, Member of the Rising Star Expedition (2013))

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Darwinism in the American South

    Numbers, Ronald L. (et al.)

    Pages 5-31

  • Race and Evolution in Antebellum Alabama: The Polygenist Prehistory We’d Rather Ignore

    Peterson, Erik L.

    Pages 33-59

  • “The Cadillac of Disclaimers”: Twenty Years of Official Antievolutionism in Alabama

    Branch, Glenn

    Pages 61-79

  • Deconstructing the Alabama Disclaimer with Students: A Powerful Lesson in Evolution, Politics, and Persuasion

    Hawley, Patricia H. (et al.)

    Pages 81-100

  • Bridging the Gaps: Evolution and Pre-service Science Teachers

    Glaze, Amanda L.

    Pages 103-119

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eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95139-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95138-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolution Education in the American South
Book Subtitle
Culture, Politics, and Resources in and around Alabama
Editors
  • Christopher D. Lynn
  • Amanda Glaze
  • William Evans
  • Laura K. Reed
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95139-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95139-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95138-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 333
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 illustrations in colour
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