ERIC Number: ED524900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Socio-Scientific Issues--A Way to Improve Students' Interest and Learning?
Lindahl, Britt; Rosberg, Maria; Ekborg, Margareta; Ideland, Malin; Malmberg, Claes; Rehn, Agneta; Ottander, Christina; Silfver, Eva; Winberg, Mikael
Online Submission, US-China Education Review B 3 p342-347 2011
According to many documents, there is a strong need to renew science education. One way could be to work with SSI (socio-scientific issues). This paper reports on both students' and teachers' experiences and learning when working with socio-scientific issues in science education in secondary school (aged from 13 to 16). The approach is multidimensional, as factors that influence cognition as well as motivation and the forming of attitudes are complex. Results suggest that SSI work forms are more important than personal factors for explaining outcomes. Relevant issues, autonomy and functioning group work seem to be important aspects of successful SSI work together with structure provided by the teacher, and information that challenges previous knowledge. In general, SSI seems to be most efficient for students, who believe that they learn from presenting and discussing their knowledge, focus on "the large picture", acknowledge own responsibility for learning, find school science personally relevant and are self-efficacious. It seems that the outcomes from SSI work are much in the hands of the teacher. This paper is a short summary of the first year and quantitative part of the project. Further results from the project will later be found in our homepage (http://www.sisc.se).
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students, Science and Society, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Science Instruction, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Questionnaires, Curriculum Implementation, Observation, Video Technology, Multivariate Analysis, Interviews
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden