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ERIC Number: EJ989917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8326
Students' Reasoning and Decision Making about a Socioscientific Issue: A Cross-Context Comparison
Lee, Yeung Chung; Grace, Marcus
Science Education, v96 n5 p787-807 Sep 2012
It has been argued that decision making about socioscientific issue (SSIs) necessitates informal reasoning, which involves multiperspective thinking and moral judgment. This study extends the scope of the literature concerning students' reasoning on SSIs to a cross-contextual study by comparing decisions made on avian flu by 12-13-year-old Chinese students in two different contextual settings using a prescribed decision-making framework. The findings reveal differences between students in the two settings with respect to their reasoning perspectives, evidence perceived to be useful to gather, decision-making criteria, and postactivity decisions. When coupled with cross-contextual exchange, the prescribed decision-making framework was found to have an impact on both multiperspective reasoning and metacognitive reflection on the multifaceted nature of decision making. (Contains 1 figure and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; China (Guangzhou); Hong Kong