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David E. Long

In an ethnographic study set within a biology department of a public university in the United States, incongruity between the ideals and practice of science education are investigated. Against the background of religious conservative students' complaints about evolution in the curriculum, biology faculty describe their political intents for fostering science literacy. This article examines differences that emerge between the department's rhetorical commitment to improve science understanding amongst their students and the realities of course staffing and anxieties about promotion and tenure. Because tenure-track faculty are motivated to focus their careers on research productivity and teaching biology majors, other biology courses are staffed with adjunct instructors who are less equipped to negotiate complex pedagogies of science and religion. In practice, faculty avoid risky conversations about evolution versus creationism with religiously conservative students. I argue that such faculty are complicit, through their silence, in failing to equip their students with the science literacy which their own profession avows is crucial for a well-informed citizenry in a democracy.

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Buffeted by Political Winds

Children’s Literature in Communist Romania

Adrian Solomon

’t. Instead, an oxymoron suitably describes one of its top concerns. Weapons of Peace Against Pet Foes The themes and obsessions of Soviet literature—class struggle, optimism, diligent work, progress through science, literacy and education, the primacy of the

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The Puzzle of The University on Air

A Story of Media and Academia in Israel, 1977–2013

Hagai Boas and Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

( Sugimoto et al. 2013 ). Hence, personal ambition, promoting science literacy, and public engagement through the lectures may be the prime factors. These are similar to the motivations behind the video recording of MOOCs. In terms of sociological composition