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ERIC Number: EJ1391871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023-May
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-1925-7147
Socioscientific Issues and COVID-19: Responding to Curriculum Reform through Action Research
Fuchs, Travis T.; Jellema, Elysia
Canadian Journal of Action Research, v23 n2 p41-68 May 2023
This collaborative action research project documents the exploration and student learning outcomes of COVID-19 socioscientific issue-based lessons. Analysis of student interviews, surveys, and work, combined with classroom observations, revealed that COVID-19 socioscientific issue-based lessons improved students' conceptual understanding of the science behind pandemic control measures, increased their feelings of personal responsibility in responding to COVID-19, and broadened their perspectives on the impacts of COVID-19 on diverse populations. The framework used to design the lesson series--Three Visions of Scientific Literacy--facilitated the authors' response to curriculum reform. Future use of the framework and implications for socioscientific issue-based teaching are discussed.
Canadian Association for Action Research in Education. 260 Dalhousie Street Suite 204, Ottawa, ON KIN 7E4, Canada. Tel: 705-474-3450; Fax: 705-474-1947; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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