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ERIC Number: EJ1125539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Florida and Puerto Rico Secondary Science Teachers' Knowledge and Teaching of Climate Change Science
Herman, Benjamin C.; Feldman, Allan; Vernaza-Hernandez, Vanessa
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v15 n3 p451-471 Mar 2017
Misconceptions about climate change science are pervasive among the US public. This study investigated the possibility that these misconceptions may be reflective of science teachers' knowledge and teaching of climate change science. Florida and Puerto Rico secondary science teachers who claim to teach extensively about climate change were surveyed in regard to their conceptions of climate change science and the climate change-related topics they teach. Results show that many teachers hold naïve views about climate change (e.g. that ozone layer depletion is a primary cause of climate change) and climate change science (e.g. that it must be based on controlled experiments for it to be valid). In addition, teachers in both groups neglect crucial topics such as how evidence for climate change is developed and the social, political, and economic dimensions of climate change. Our results suggest the need for teachers to understand how to teach climate change and the nature of climate change science using authentic contexts that promote effective socioscientific decision-making and climate change mitigation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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