ERIC Number: EJ1062183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
A Framework for Socio-Scientific Issues Based Education
Presley, Morgan L.; Sickel, Aaron J.; Muslu, Nilay; Merle-Johnson, Dominike; Witzig, Stephen B.; Izci, Kemal; Sadler, Troy D.
Science Educator, v22 n1 p26-32 Sum 2013
Science instruction based on student exploration of socio-scientific issues (SSI) has been presented as a powerful strategy for supporting science learning and the development of scientific literacy. This paper presents an instructional framework for SSI based education. The framework is based on a series of research studies conducted in a diverse range of classrooms that made use of several different SSI. Based on the findings and recommendations of these studies, a framework that captures key elements of successful SSI based teaching and learning is advanced. The framework consists of three core aspects--design elements, learner experiences, and teacher attributes which together are shaped by various contexts such as the classroom, the school/district, the community, and state/national policy. The paper describes each of these aspects and provides relevant examples. The framework presents elements necessary for SSI-based instruction with the aim of informing classroom practice, curriculum design, professional development and future research.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Science and Society, Teaching Methods, Instructional Design, Student Experience, Teacher Characteristics, Curriculum Design, Faculty Development, Teacher Competencies, Classroom Environment, Influences, School Districts, Educational Policy
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