ERIC Number: ED466401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Investigating the Crossroads of Socioscientific Issues, the Nature of Science, and Critical Thinking.
Sadler, Troy D.; Chambers, F. William; Zeidler, Dana L.
This study seeks to investigate the interrelationships between three areas of science education: (1) the nature of science (NOS); (2) socioscientific issues; and (3) critical thinking. More specifically, the research addresses three questions: (1) How do high school biology students conceptualize the meaning and interpretation of data, cultural embeddedness, and tentativeness as demonstrated by viable, opposing positions in the context of a socioscientific issue? (2) How does NOS understanding affect the manner in which students handle socioscientific issues? and (3) How do critical thinking skills influence the development of ideas concerning NOS? Understandings of some aspects of NOS seems to be moderately related to critical thinking ability. (Contains 47 references.) (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (New Orleans, LA, April 6-10, 2002).