This study gathered material presenting flood traditions in agreement with data concerning models of origins, selected material for supplementing classroom materials, and determined public opinion as how the subject of origins should be taught in public schools. Surveys recommend a two-model (evolution/creation) approach be taught within scientific limitations in public schools. Materials are available to promote this approach legally, fairly, and scientifically. Because of the evolution model's inadequacies, a reinterpretation of equivalent data allowing for catastrophic universal flood concepts is needed. Part of this reinterpretation may be supplied by the canopy model, as well as the many worldwide flood traditions. In conclusion, evidences from science and tradition demonstrate to be equally applicable to both the creation and evolution models of origins. It is recommended from viewpoints of practical science and valuable educational practice, that all public schools utilize a two-model approach to origins whenever necessary.
Richard H. Annis
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Dale L. Mordue
Date of Degree
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs
Gardner, Robert P., "Evidence from Science and Tradition Supporting a Two-Model (Evolution/Creation) Approach to Teaching the Origin of Life" (1980). All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. 725.
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