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By Design or by Chance? Study Guide is a lively ten-lesson study course on the growing intelligent design controversy that introduces students to a wide range of scientific topics such as biology and cosmology in the context of history and current events. The course was developed by Access Research Network (ARN) and author Denyse O’Leary based on her recent book By Design or by Chance? (ARN #B088), which has been widely praised for its clarity, even-handedness, high interest level, and use of teaching elements. As both a journalist and a textbook editor, O’Leary offers a unique background that is well suited for a course of study in intelligent design.
The course includes self-test instruments for each chapter and an end-of-course project that requires the student to address the current intelligent design controversy. The student will prepare a written, oral, broadcast, or art/performance project that demonstrates awareness of the issues and offers a personal response.
In addition to the printed 10-lesson course study guide, over 200 pages of reading comprehension questions and answers, divided into 23 assignments, are provided as a .pdf file on an accompanying CD. The questions can be printed out as needed and assigned as homework or used in either an open-book or closed-book test. They are recommended for all students, at the instructor's discretion, but are especially recommended for younger students, students who are struggling, and students with language or comprehension difficulties. The CD offers the convenience of a hyperlinked Table of Contents, so that clicking on the link will take the instructor immediately to the page in the .pdf file. Assignments can then be viewed onscreen or printed off individually or collectively, as desired. Assignment 6 is available as a free download on this page.
The course is aimed at the high school student achievement level, with an interest in science, civics, and current events. It may be especially helpful for students who struggle with science concepts, because it helps them perceive how these concepts are relevant to society. The course is designed for self-study, homeschool, and private or public school classroom use.
The course is available in three editions:
Standard, Deluxe, and Advanced.
The Standard Edition includes a copy of the book By Design or by Chance? and the study guide. Reading assignments from the book are presented at the beginning of each lesson. It is not necessary to purchase any additional resources to complete the Standard 10-lesson course. However, many of the optional challenges refer to recommended books and videos that will allow the student to delve deeper into the topic or to reinforce points made in the lesson. Some of these resources can be found at your local library or bookstore, and all of them are available for purchase from ARN (www.arn.org). The ARN catalog number (ARN Cat#) is provided for each recommended resource and you can find a further description of each item online. The Standard Edition bundle offers a 10% savings over the individual prices of the By Design or By Chance? book and study guide.
The Deluxe Edition is design for those who want to enhance the learning experience with four of our most popular documentary videos, along with four introductory books and two study guides. The videos included are; Icons of Evolution (V025SKS), Unlocking the Mystery of Life (V026), The Privileged Planet (V039), and Voyage Inside the Cell (V036). The books in the Deluxe Edition include; By Design or By Chance?(B088SK), Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds (B023), What’s Darwin Got to Do With It (B032), and The Design Revolution (B079). The Deluxe Edition bundle offers a 25% savings over the individual prices of the included items.
The Advanced Edition is designed for those who want to expand the 10-lesson course into a semester or year-long curriculum, or those who want to delve deeper into the scientific details of the controversy. In addition to the four documentary videos included in the Deluxe Edition, the Advance Edition contains 14 exclusive ARN debate, lecture and interview videos that allow students to hear first-hand from the scientists and educators that are in the forefront of the intelligent design controversy, as well as several notable ID critics.
The Advanced Edition is available with i) the additional videos only, or ii) combined with 22 of the books referenced in the Study Guide for further investigative study. Those who are able to master a majority of the books and videos in the full Advanced Edition will have a firm grasp on the intelligent design controversy, the arguments of the leading figures in the debate, and the important texts upon which the debate is centered. The bundled price of the Advanced Edition provides a 30% discount over the individual prices of the items and allows individuals, homeschool co-ops and schools to purchase a significant set of resources at a substantial discount.
The resources in the full Advanced Edition include:
Because the course provides a wealth of suggested exercises, a program can easily be tailored to the needs and interests of an individual student. It is not expected that every student attempt every question or exercise. However, by utilizing the additional resources, challenges and projects, it is possible to expand this 10-lesson course into a semester-long or year-long course.
To get the most out of the Study Guide, the student should follow the controversy enveloped around Darwinism vs. Intelligent Design while working through the lessons. The cut and thrust of the real-life debate brings the subject to life! The Access Research Network Web site (www.arn.org) is a convenient source of breaking news. The Study Guide also contains many related website links which can be easily accessed on the author’s website at http://www.designorchance.com/.
I recommend By Design or by Chance? with its superb study guide for homeschooling parents, teachers, and anyone who wants to get up to speed in understanding the most important and challenging question to face our culture, the question of creation and intelligent design.
– Phillip E. Johnson, author of Darwin on Trial
Darwinists fear critical thinking, because their theory is based on distorted and exaggerated evidence that cannot stand up to it. This new study guide, written to accompany Denyse O’Leary’s book By Design or by Chance? encourages the kind of critical thinking that will spell the end of Darwinism and prepare students for the coming revolution in biological science.
– Jonathan Wells , author of Icons of Evolution
With all the resources currently available on intelligent design, where does one start? The By Design or By Chance? Study Guide is an excellent tool for mastering that material. Students who work their way through the ten lessons and recommended resources will have a good grounding in both evolution and intelligent design and will be prepared to think critically about this important topic."
– William Dembski, author of The Design Revolution
Teachers will welcome this book and study guide because O’Leary possesses the ability to engage the reader with her sharp, attractive, and lucid writing style and capture the minds of educators and students alike with the breath and depth of her knowledge of issues from the relationship of philosophy and science, especially naturalistic philosophy, the history of science and cosmology with an emphasis on the eighteenth century, and the relationship of religious belief and science.
– Theresa K. Gerson, Curriculum Coordinator, High School
National Consultants for Education, Inc.
Thanks for sending me the By Design or by Chance? Study Course. Eye-opening quotations, impressive resource lists,engaging activities...it's a homeschooler's dream! No wonder my 14-year-old son Leo has been unable to put thebook down (even when threatened with "no dessert")! His review? "This book is very absorbing!"
– Celeste Behe, Homeschool Teacher
Darwin versus Design controversy desperately requires new educational training materials as our public schools continue to evaluate how to best teach this important topic. I like the fact that the By Design or By Chance? Study Guide clarifies the important terminology right at the beginning, since this topic is often misunderstood due to a confusion of terms. I appreciate the way the study guide not only informs, but helps the student develop critical thinking skills. All I can say is this is long overdue.
Kaye Eger Merritt, Multi-media Producer
Table of Contents
Lesson 1. Introduction: Why Is There a Controversy?
Lesson 2. Was Our Universe Designed? Arguments For and Against
Lesson 3. Can Life Arise by Chance? What Difference Would That Make?
Lesson 4. Did Darwin Have the Answer to the Mystery of Life?
Lesson 5. The Scopes Trial: What Really Happened?
Lesson 6. Darwin ’s Heirs: What Do Darwinian Evolutionists Say Today?
Lesson 7. Modern Creationists: Who Are They? What Do They Really Say?
Lesson 8. Intelligent Design: What Is This Design Thing? Can It Be Science?
Lesson 9. Intelligent Design: Can This Be Religion? Does It Have a Future?