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ERIC Number: EJ850263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
Students' Socio-Scientific Reasoning on Controversies from the Viewpoint of Education for Sustainable Development
Simonneaux, Laurence; Simonneaux, Jean
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v4 n3 p657-687 Sep 2009
In this article, we study third-year university students' reasoning about three controversial socio-scientific issues from the viewpoint of education for sustainable development: local issues (the reintroduction of bears in the Pyrenees in France, wolves in the Mercantour) and a global one (global warming). We used the theoretical frameworks of social representations and of socio-scientific reasoning. Students' reasoning varies according to the issues, in particular because of their emotional proximity with the issues and their socio-cultural origin. About this kind of issues, it seems pertinent to integrate into the operations of socio-scientific reasoning not only the consideration of values, but also the analysis of the modes of governance and the place given to politics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France