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Silk Purses and Sows' Ears: Reflections on Before Head Start: The Iowa Station and America's Children


reviewed by N. Ray Hiner 1997

coverTitle: Silk Purses and Sows' Ears: Reflections on Before Head Start: The Iowa Station and America's Children
Author(s): Hamilton Cravens
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC
ISBN: 080782092X, Pages: , Year: 1993
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Before Head Start represents a continuation of Professor Hamilton Cravens’s long-standing interest in the influence of evolutionary thought in American life. From the time he began his dissertation in the 1960s under the guidance of Stow Persons, he has published widely on American science and evolutionary thought. Among these works is his highly regarded book The Triumph of Evolution: American Scientists and the Heredity- Environment Controversy, 1900-1941 (1978). Cravens has established himself as the nation’s leading expert on the history of evolutionary thought in America, especially as it was expressed during the twentieth century. Cravens’s continuing reflection on the central role of the heredity-environment controversy in modern biological and social science led him to pose the following question: “What, I wondered, was the role of notions about development in evolutionary theory?” Eventually, he says, he came to recognize that ideas about development “were fundamental to the questions of speciation-the formation of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 4, 1997, p. 721-729
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9629, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 2:03:26 AM

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