Relating science and religion: an ontology of taxonomies and development of a research tool for identifying individual views

Yasri, P., Arthur, S., Smith, M. U. and Mancy, R. (2013) Relating science and religion: an ontology of taxonomies and development of a research tool for identifying individual views. Science and Education, 22(10), pp. 2679-2707. (doi:10.1007/s11191-013-9623-4)

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Abstract

Understanding how individuals view the relationship between science and religion shows promise for explaining a range of aspects of teaching and learning in science. Several taxonomies, consisting of different views by which people relate science and religion, can be found in the philosophical literature. However, most of the science education literature uses these taxonomies selectively and with limited justification, hindering comparison between existing and future studies. The first aim of this paper is therefore to provide a comprehensive review of the different taxonomies described in the literature and to organise the different views according to their similarities and differences. The second aim of the paper is to present a new research tool developed on the basis of the findings of the literature review. This tool consists of a short questionnaire allowing educational researchers to identify the different viewpoints held by pre-service teachers, undergraduates majoring in biology and school learners. We present the tool itself and demonstrate its usefulness and versatility for future science education research based on three empirical studies covering a range of geographical areas, religious backgrounds, educational levels, age groups and genders.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mancy, Dr Rebecca and Yasri, Mr Pratchayapong
Authors: Yasri, P., Arthur, S., Smith, M. U., and Mancy, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Interdisciplinary Science Education Technologies and Learning
Journal Name:Science and Education
ISSN:0926-7220
ISSN (Online):1573-1901

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