Secondary school students’ epistemic insight into the relationships between science and religion – a preliminary enquiry
Billingsley, B., Taber, K., Riga, F. and Newdick, H. (2013) Secondary school students’ epistemic insight into the relationships between science and religion – a preliminary enquiry. Research in Science Education, 43 (4). pp. 1715-1732. ISSN 0157-244X
To link to this article DOI: 10.1007/s11165-012-9317-y
A number of previous studies have shown that there is a widespread view among young people that science and religion are opposed. In this paper, we suggest that it requires a significant level of what can be termed ‘epistemic insight’ to access the idea that some people see science and religion as compatible while others do not. To explore this further, we draw on previous work to devise a methodology to discover students’ thinking about apparent contradictions between scientific and religious explanations of the origins of the universe. In our discussion of the findings, we highlight that students’ epistemic insight in this context does seem in many cases to be limited and we outline some of the issues emerging from the study that seem to boost or limit students’ progress in this area.