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Trying BiologyThe Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and the Antievolution Movement in American Schools$
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Adam R. Shapiro

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226029450

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226029597.001.0001

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Losing the Word: Measuring the Impact of Scopes

Losing the Word: Measuring the Impact of Scopes

(p.157) Chapter Eight Losing the Word: Measuring the Impact of Scopes
Trying Biology

Adam R. Shapiro

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explains that the actual impact of the Scopes trial and the antievolution movement on textbooks can be understood in terms of how textbooks were taught and interpreted. Evolutionary theories of mind were an important part of the intellectual framework that led to the creation of the curriculum of civic biology, and that model of educational psychology spoke directly to how students thought, read, and learned. The Civic Biology was never concerned with the teaching of the evolutionary development of life as just an intellectual curiosity. Evolution, like other important concepts of biology, were brought into science education as part of the new understanding of schooling as a form of social development.

Keywords:   antievolution, civic biology, scopes trial, textbooks, biology, social development

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