ERIC Number: ED472101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Socioscientific Issue Research and Its Relevance for Science Education.
Sadler, Troy D.
Socioscientific issues encompass social dilemmas with conceptual or technological links to science. The process of resolving these issues is best characterized by reasoning which describes the generation and evaluation of positions in response to complex situations. This article presents a critical review of research related to informal reasoning regarding socioscientific issues. The findings reviewed address: (1) the role of socioscientific argumentation in classroom science; (2) the influence of ideas about the nature of science on socioscientific decision making; (3) the evaluation of information pertaining to socioscientific issues including student ideas about what counts as evidence; and (4) the influence of an individual's conceptual understanding on his/her informal reasoning. The synthesis of the current state of socioscientific issue research provides a comprehensive framework from which future research can be motivated and decisions about the design and implementation of socioscientific curricula can be made. The implications for future research and classroom applications are discussed. (Contains 56 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Invited seminar presented to science education graduate students at the University of South Florida.