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ERIC Number: EJ989726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 137
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8326
Science in Discussions: An Analysis of the Use of Science Content in Socioscientific Discussions
Nielsen, Jan Alexis
Science Education, v96 n3 p428-456 May 2012
This paper presents a normative pragmatics analysis of students' use of science content in eight socioscientific group discussions about human gene therapy. The specific focus of the paper is on the argumentative role that invocations of science had in the dialectics of the discussions. The analysis suggests that science content occasionally played an informative role in attempts to establish the factual background of parts of the deliberations, but that speakers often invoked science content creatively and selectively in argumentative strategies that aligned with an attempt to frame the issue of the discussion in ways that were favorable for the speaker. The paper aims at explaining how strategies that contained invocations of science worked pragmatically in the dialectical context of the discussions. The findings are discussed in relation to previous findings in the science education community as well as to more general questions pertaining to how science fits into socioscientific discussions in which the arguers deliberate about what to do, not just what is true.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark