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ERIC Number: EJ1021991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1492-6156
Delusions about Evidence: On Why Scientific Evidence Should Not Be the Main Concern in Socioscientific Decision Making
Nielsen, Jan Alexis
Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, v13 n4 p373-385 2013
This article takes issue with the widespread assumption that students' socioscientific decisions ought to be evidence based. On the basis of a careful conceptual analysis, it is argued that it is misleading to think in terms of evidence in socioscientific decision making because such decision making is a process of deliberation in which persons distribute relative weights to multifarious and incommensurate factors--a process, that is, in which scientific evidence has no privileged role. Accordingly, science educators ought to focus on the quality with which students discuss the relative weights of different considerations about a socioscientific issue.
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Language: English
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