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Herman, Benjamin C.; Owens, David C.; Oertli, Robert T.; Zangori, Laura A.; Newton, Mark H. – Science & Education, 2019
In addition to considering sociocultural, political, economic, and ethical factors (to name a few), effectively engaging socioscientific issues (SSI) requires that students understand and apply scientific explanations and the nature of science (NOS). Promoting such understandings can be achieved through immersing students in authentic real-world…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science and Society, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Dunlop, Lynda; Veneu, Fernanda – Science & Education, 2019
Controversies in science are an essential feature of scientific practice: defined here as current problems that are unresolved because there are no accepted procedures by which they can be resolved or there are differing assumptions that affect the interpretation of evidence. Although there has been much attention in science education literature…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Science and Society
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Hancock, Tamara S.; Friedrichsen, Patricia J.; Kinslow, Andrew T.; Sadler, Troy D. – Science & Education, 2019
Currently there is little guidance given to teachers in selecting focal issues for socio-scientific issues (SSI)-based teaching and learning. As a majority of teachers regularly collaborate with other teachers, understanding what factors influence collaborative SSI-based curriculum design is critical. We invited 18 secondary science teachers to…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Science and Society
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Can, S. Nazli; Saribas, Deniz – Science & Education, 2019
The aim of the present study is to explore pre-service elementary teachers' evaluations of the evidence and models and their positions on a socio-scientific topic, namely genetically modified organisms (GMOs), after evaluating them through Model Evidence Link (MEL) diagrams. The findings of this study show that the participants mostly constructed…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Science and Society
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Kahn, Sami; Zeidler, Dana L. – Science & Education, 2019
Perspective taking is a critical yet tangled construct that is used to describe a range of psychological processes and that is applied interchangeably with related constructs. The resulting ambiguity is particularly vexing in science education, where although perspective taking is recognized as critical to informed citizens' ability to negotiate…
Descriptors: Perspective Taking, Logical Thinking, Science Education, Science and Society
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Kaya, Sila; Erduran, Sibel; Birdthistle, Naomi; McCormack, Orla – Science & Education, 2018
Particular social aspects of the nature of science (NOS), such as economics of, and entrepreneurship in science, are understudied in science education research. It is not surprising then that the practical applications, such as lesson resources and teaching materials, are scarce. The key aims of this article are to (a) synthesize perspectives from…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Scientific Principles, Science Education, Economics
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Xiao, Sihan; Sandoval, William A. – Science & Education, 2017
Science educators are typically dismayed by the failure of students to use relevant scientific knowledge when reasoning about socioscientific issues. Except for the well-documented association between having more knowledge about a topic and a tendency to use that knowledge, the influences on students' evaluation of information in socioscientific…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Scientific Attitudes, Evaluative Thinking, Science and Society
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Haglund, Jesper; Hultén, Magnus – Science & Education, 2017
The aim of this study is to contribute to an understanding of how curricular change is accomplished in practice, including the positions and conflicts of key stakeholders and participants, and their actions in the process. As a case, we study the treatment of energy in Swedish secondary curricula in the period 1962-2011 and, in particular, how the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Educational Change, Science Curriculum
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Sjöström, Jesper; Eilks, Ingo; Zuin, Vânia G. – Science & Education, 2016
The modern world can be described as a globalized risk society. It is characterized by increasing complexity, unpredictable consequences of techno-scientific innovations and production, and its environmental consequences. Therefore, chemistry, just like many other knowledge areas, is in an ongoing process of "environmentalization." For…
Descriptors: Science Education, Environmental Education, Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Williams, Cody Tyler; Rudge, David Wÿss – Science & Education, 2016
Science education researchers have long advocated the central role of the nature of science (NOS) for our understanding of scientific literacy. NOS is often interpreted narrowly to refer to a host of epistemological issues associated with the process of science and the limitations of scientific knowledge. Despite its importance, practitioners and…
Descriptors: Science History, Genetics, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction
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Rundgren, Carl-Johan; Eriksson, Martin; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Science & Education, 2016
This study aims to explore students' argumentation and decision-making relating to an authentic socioscientific issue (SSI)--the problem of environmental toxins in fish from the Baltic Sea. A multi-disciplinary instructional module, designed in order to develop students' skills to argue about complex SSI, was successfully tested. Seven science…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Secondary School Students
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Wan, Zhi Hong; Wong, Siu Ling – Science & Education, 2016
Although the goal of developing school students' understanding of nature of science (NOS) has long been advocated, there is still a lack of research that focuses on probing how science teachers, a kind of major stakeholder in NOS instruction, perceive the values of teaching NOS. Through semi-structured interviews, this study investigated the views…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Semi Structured Interviews, Secondary School Teachers
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Stuckey, Marc; Heering, Peter; Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel; Hofstein, Avi; Eilks, Ingo – Science & Education, 2015
This paper discusses essential elements of the philosophical works of Ludwik Fleck (1896-1961) and their potential interpretation for the teaching and learning of science. In the early twentieth century, Fleck made substantial contributions to understanding the sociological character of the nature of science and explaining the embedding of science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Sciences, Science and Society, Philosophy
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Hadzigeorgiou, Yannis – Science & Education, 2015
This paper outlines the rationale underpinning the conception of science education as sociopolitical action, and then presents a critique of such a conception from the perspective of liberal education. More specifically, the paper discusses the importance of the conception of science education as sociopolitical action (e.g., it can provide…
Descriptors: Science Education, Social Influences, Political Issues, Liberal Arts
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Garik, Peter; Benétreau-Dupin, Yann – Science & Education, 2014
This is an editorial report on the outcomes of an international conference sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) (REESE-1205273) to the School of Education at Boston University and the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University for a conference titled: "How Can the History and Philosophy of…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), International Programs, Science History, Philosophy
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