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ERIC Number: ED504955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
The Teaching of Socioscientific Issues in Interdisciplinarity Biology-philosophy, an Ethical Stake and Citizenship Issue
Kacem, Saida; Simonneaux, Laurence
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v6 n2 p44-47 Feb 2009
This research starts from a relatively optimistic thinking based on the fact that the teaching of the socioscientific issues through the practice of argued debates can contribute positively towards education in scientific citizenship. The teaching of techno-sciences raises topical questions which interfere in the classroom and at the same time carry scientific and social controversies within which it is possible to anchor the construction of new knowledge and citizen's behaviours. These controversial issues raise more questions and motivate the pupils more. Setting these topics for debate in the classroom could "restore, if only a little, what" Astolfi likes to call "the taste of knowledge (savoirs) since the two words (saveur and savoir) come from the same Greek root sapere", as Astolfi, 2006, marvellously put it in the foreword to the recent book "How to teach socially acute questions" (Legardez & Simonneaux, 2006). The present contribution is research in progress. It questions a protocol of training of future teachers. The principal objective is to train the pre-service teachers to teach socioscientific issues (SSI). Like Funtowicz and Ravetz (1992, 1993), we think that the SSI belong to "Post-Normal-Science". Accordingly, we will study the contribution of the training in epistemic, social and ethical values in the analysis of socioscientific issues by biology and philosophy future teachers. We will analyze the evolution of teacher trainees' decision-making after training on 3 socioscientific issues (the oncomice, the baby drug, the therapeutic cloning) and the impact of this socioepistemologic and ethical training on their teaching practices.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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