Evolution education in Iran: Shattering myths about teaching evolution in an Islamic State

Mahsa Kazempour, Aidin Amirshokoohi

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This chapter will examine the teaching of evolution in the public education system of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The goal of this chapter is to examine the status of evolution education in the Iranian education system and address inaccurate presumptions that are seeded in the Western views of Iran as a theocratic state with dilapidated ideals and perspectives. Through examination of existing literature and previous reviews and analyses of Iran's science textbooks and nationally mandated curriculum content, this chapter will attempt to shed light on: (a) the views of nature of science projected in the science education standards, (b) the depiction and description of the evolutionary emergence of life and concepts such as natural selection, mutation, and adaptation in the K-12 science content, (c) the history of science and evolution education in Iran, and (d) possible factors that have contributed to Iran's relatively in-depth and accurate attention to evolution education when compared to neighboring countries in the region. There are areas pertaining to evolution education in Iran that remain unexplored and suitable for future research. Further inquiry is necessary into understanding the implementation of the Iranian evolution curriculum and the students, teachers, and general public's beliefs and attitude with respect to evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEvolution Education Around the Globe
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319909394
ISBN (Print)9783319909387
StatePublished - Jun 21 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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