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ERIC Number: EJ952552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
A Socioscientific Curriculum Facilitating the Development of Distal and Proximal NOS Conceptualizations
Schalk, Kelly A.
International Journal of Science Education, v34 n1 p1-24 2012
This study reports the effects of an innovative introductory microbiology course for undergraduates that used a socioscientific issues (SSI)-based curriculum. The study illustrates how an SSI-based intervention provides learners with pragmatic opportunities for cultivating their scientific literacy subsuming the nature of science (NOS). Empirical data measured 26 undergraduates' distal and proximal knowledge of the NOS with respect to their ability to reason. The instruments used in this case study yielded qualitative data, which were coded using NVivo7 and inductively analyzed. All data analyses were subject to instrumental triangulation, inter-rater reliability, and member-checking. These analyses determined that undergraduates' formal epistemological knowledge of professional science matured. These changes accompanied improved reasoning skills and matured beliefs about the NOS. In particular, students' reasoning changed as they realized that scientific knowledge is never absolute or certain but tentative and subject to change. In general, the findings suggest that this SSI-based curriculum enhanced collegiate students' understanding of social issues that affect their lives. Implications of this research are discussed. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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