Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New Journal! "Evolution: Education and Outreach" free online for 2008

Anyone interested in K-16 science education will be interested in this new journal aimed at science teachers, students, and the interested public. Written and edited by scientists and science educators, the inaugural issue comes at a critical time. Even though creationists and "intelligent design" proponents have lost several large court cases in their quest to teach a religious viewpoint in public school science classes, they haven't given up.

Writing in what will be a regular feature, "Overcoming Obstacles to Evolution Education", Glenn Branch and Eugenie Scott from the National Center for Science Education note that in the U.S., 30% of science teachers are still being pressured to either omit or downplay evolution in their lesson plans, wihle 31% report that they are being pressured to add "creation science" or "intelligent design" to their coursework (citing a 2005 National Science Teachers Association survey).

I've not read the entire first issue as of this writing, but I recommend paleontologist Ian Tattersall's letter essay "What's So Special About Science?" as well as evolutionary biologist T. Ryan Gregory's "Evolution as Fact, Theory, and Path." BTW, Gregory also has a truly excellent science blog.

The journal website is here and it will be open access throughout 2008.

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