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Socioscientific issues as possibility in education
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2008 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden today it is relatively difficult to recruit high school students and university students to education including science topics. An explanation may be that students experience science education as objective without questions of value (Gustafsson, 2007). We can also discuss it as a response on high schools, universities and teachers traditional and non reflective way to structure and arrange education in other forms than in separated topics (Dimenäs, 2007). There has been some attempts and progress made during the last decades. Examples of this are projects were you try to integrate science and technology in society (Stringer,1992) and more recently, projects which use socioscientific issues (SSI) dealing with ethics in the context of science education (Sadler, Amirshokoohi, Kazempour & Allspaw, 2006). Current examples are genetic engineering and questions about global warming and the greenhouse effect (Hewitt 2002). This study in progress is a re-analyze of different teacher perspectives of how they understand the phenomena justice and water and a discussion of what the consequences are in relation to learning and education in general. From the presented results there is also a discussion in the use of socioscientific issues (SSI) dealing with ethics in context of science education as a new agenda for teaching and learning. Fifty eight teachers who sometimes teach about the phenomena justice (33) and water (25) participated in semi structured interviews. They represent preschool teachers (13), primary and secondary school teachers (17), high school teachers (14) and university teachers (14). The result of the study is presented from an inductive re-analyze perspective to explore emergent patterns relative to the questions how different teachers understand justice and how they understand water and justice and water in relation to teaching and learning. The study also focuses on the question if there is a relation between the two phenomena and the possible critical consequences of that for teaching and learning. Preliminary results from the study show that it is possible to identify how teachers understand the phenomena justice and water. The structure can be described in three dimensions of understanding. You can see towards the phenomena, outwards the phenomena or the phenomena in a mediated way. Spontaneously the teachers also put together and understand justice and water as an ethic problem in an unequal world. Implications of this research for science education is that it can be a dilemma for teachers to choose what and how to teach in those specific topics. Teachers did identify socioscientific issues dealing with ethics in this context of science which could be a new agenda for meaningful teaching and learning and a necessity for learning about sustainability. References DIMENÄS, J. (2007). Undervisningens röda tråd – möjligheter i naturvetenskap. Lund. Studentlitteratur. HEWITT, P. (2002). Conceptual Physics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. GUSTAFSSON, B. (2007). Naturvetenskaplig utbildning för demokrati och hållbar utveckling. Växjö: Växjö universitet SADLER, T. D., AMIRSHOKOOHI, A., KAZEMPOUR, M. & ALLSPAW, K.M. (2006). Socioscience and Ethics in Science Classrooms: Teachers Perspectives and Stategies. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 43 (4), 353-376). STRINGER, J. (1992). Science and technology in Society. Suffolk: The Lavenham Press.

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2008.
Keyword [sv]
samhällsvetenskap, utbildning, möjligheter, Pedagogiskt arbete
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6101Local ID: 2320/4562OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-6101DiVA: diva2:886785
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NERA congress, Trondheim, mars 2009
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2016-11-18Bibliographically approved

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