Socio-scientific Issues in the Classroom: Teaching, Learning and Research

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Troy D. Sadler
Springer Science & Business Media, May 11, 2011 - Science - 376 pages
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Socio-scientific issues (SSI) are open-ended, multifaceted social issues with conceptual links to science. They are challenging to negotiate and resolve, and they create ideal contexts for bridging school science and the lived experience of students. This book presents the latest findings from the innovative practice and systematic investigation of science education in the context of socio-scientific issues. Socio-scientific Issues in the Classroom: Teaching, Learning and Research focuses on how SSI can be productively incorporated into science classrooms and what SSI-based education can accomplish regarding student learning, practices and interest. It covers numerous topics that address key themes for contemporary science education including scientific literacy, goals for science teaching and learning, situated learning as a theoretical perspective for science education, and science for citizenship. It presents a wide range of classroom-based research projects that offer new insights for SSI-based education. Authored by leading researchers from eight countries across four continents, this book is an important compendium of syntheses and insights for veteran researchers, teachers and curriculum designers eager to advance the SSI agenda.
 

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Contents

Situating Socioscientific Issues in Classrooms as a Means of Achieving Goals of Science Education
1
Enhancing the Authenticity of a WebBased Module for Teaching Simple Inheritance
11
Metalogue Using Issues and Participatory Experiences to Enhance Student Learning and Interest
39
Learning Science Content and Socioscientific Reasoning Through Classroom Explorations of Global Climate Change
44
Metalogue Issues in the Conceptualization of Research Constructs and Design for SSI Related Work
79
Effects of an Interdisciplinary Program on Students Reasoning with Socioscientific Issues and Perceptions of Their Learning Experiences
88
Metalogue SSI in Undergraduate Science Education
127
Discussing a Socioscientific Issue in a Primary School Classroom The Case of Using a TechnologySupported Environment in Formal and Nonformal ...
133
Different Music to the Same Score Teaching About Genes Environment and Human Performances
201
Metalogue Design and Enactment of SSI Curriculum Critical Theory Difficult Content and Didactic Transposition
239
Learning Nature of Science Through Socioscientific Issues
244
Metalogue Preconditions and Resources for Productive Socioscientific Issues Teaching and Learning
271
Enacting a Socioscientific Issues Classroom Transformative Transformations
277
Metalogue Balancing Tensions Associated with Extensive Enactment of SSIBased Teaching
306
A Case Study of the Impact of Introducing Socioscientific Issues into a Reproduction Unit in a Catholic Girls School
313
Metalogue Critical Issues in Teaching Socioscientific Issues
347

Metalogue Assessment Audience and Authenticity for Teaching SSI and Argumentation
160
Decision Making and Use of Evidence in a Socioscientific Problem on Air Quality
167
Metalogue Engaging Students in Scientific and Socioscientific Argumentation
193
Socioscientific IssuesBased Education What We Know About Science Education in the Context of SSI
354
Index
371
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