Creationism as a social movement : the textbook controversy

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dc.contributor.advisor Nothstine, William L. en_US Nielsen, Kirstin en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:34:42Z 2011-06-03T19:34:42Z 1988 en_US 1988
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1988 .N54 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis was to analyze the rhetoric of the Creationist-evolutionist textbook controversy. In Chapter II, Leland Griffin's approach to the study of historical movements was used concomitantly with Thomas Kuhn's ideas concerning scientific revolution to explore the first research question: What changes have occurred in the persuasive success rate of the Creationists' textbook battle as it has moved from its stance of "the good versus the evil" toward the stance of the scientist, (including scientific methods of reasoning and observation)?Chapter III explored the second research question: Do the new persuasive tactics, the use of scientific vocabulary, grammar, and forms of argument, provide more effective persuasive persuasive methods than did the earlier approaches. This chapter examined the evolutionary content of secondary school biology textbooks, and in particular, estimated the impact of change in Creationist persuasive tactics used since 1968 upon the content and marketing of secondary biology textbooks. The textbook studies supported the contention that the bifurcated movement has been highly successful. Evolutionary coverage has decreased in biology textbooks since 1968 while biblical creation has seen a definite increase.Currently, however, the two Creationist fronts face a new challenge as their polar views have been observed together in recent legal battles. This polarity in approach has already proven detrimental to the Creationists in recent trials. Chapter IV discussed the implications of this bifurcation of the Creationist Movement. Further, the implications of the current rhetorical crisis were examined. It was recommended that research be continued examining the rhetorical strategies used by the Creationists since 1963. Also, further research in the area of textbook analysis was deemed necessary.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Speech Communication
dc.format.extent xi, 119 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Creationism -- Social aspects -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Evolution (Biology) -- Study and teaching (Secondary) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science -- Textbooks. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Persuasion (Rhetoric) en_US
dc.title Creationism as a social movement : the textbook controversy en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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