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ERIC Number: EJ1143152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1089-9995
How Does Adding an Emphasis on Socioscientific Issues Influence Student Attitudes about Science, Its Relevance, and Their Interpretations of Sustainability?
Pelch, Michael A.; McConnell, David A.
Journal of Geoscience Education, v65 n2 p203-214 May 2017
A general consensus exists among the leaders of both developed and developing nations that their citizens should be scientifically literate. Therefore, it is important for educational systems to provide students with access to pertinent scientific knowledge, an appreciation for the scientific processes, and the ability to evaluate scientific claims. Students' attitudes toward science and its relevance can serve to nurture or impede the development of their science literacy. Some researchers have proposed that we can improve students' attitudes toward science and foster science literacy by emphasizing the connections between science and society. We sought to determine if the repeated and explicit exposure to socioscientific issues through the use of InTeGrate course materials would result in positive changes to students' attitudes about science and its relevance. We collected data on student attitudes using the revised Scientific Attitude Inventory and the Changes in Attitude about the Relevance of Science survey in a quasi-experimental design over four semesters of an introductory physical geology course. Results, although mixed, show that an emphasis of socioscientific issues can positively influence students' attitudes about science and their perceptions on the relevance of science. These findings have potential implications for the selection of content for introductory science courses, and demonstrate the utility of designing or adapting geoscience lessons based around socioscientific issues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1125331