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ERIC Number: EJ850254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
Identities, Social Representations and Critical Thinking
Lopez-Facal, Ramon; Jimenez-Aleixandre, Maria Pilar
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v4 n3 p689-695 Sep 2009
This comment on L. Simonneaux and J. Simonneaux paper focuses on the role of "identities" in dealing with socio-scientific issues. We argue that there are two types of identities (social representations) influencing the students' positions: On the one hand their social representations of the bears' and wolves' identities as belonging to particular countries (Slovenia versus France for bears, France and Italy for wolves), in other words, as having national identities; on the other hand representations of their own identities as belonging to the field of agricultural practitioners, and so sharing this socio-professional identity with shepherds and breeders, as opposed to ecologists. We discuss how these representations of identities influenced students' reasoning and argumentation, blocking in some cases the evaluation of evidence. Implications for developing critical thinking and for dealing with SSI in the classrooms are outlined.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France; Italy; Slovenia