Cross cultural exchange to support reasoning about socio-scientific sustainability issues

Morin, Olivier, Tytler, Russell, Barraza, Laura, Simonneaux, Laurence and Simonneaux, Jean 2013, Cross cultural exchange to support reasoning about socio-scientific sustainability issues, Teaching science, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 16-22.

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Title Cross cultural exchange to support reasoning about socio-scientific sustainability issues
Author(s) Morin, Olivier
Tytler, Russell
Barraza, Laura
Simonneaux, Laurence
Simonneaux, Jean
Journal name Teaching science
Volume number 59
Issue number 1
Start page 16
End page 22
Total pages 7
Publisher Australian Science Teachers Association
Place of publication Deakin West, ACT
Publication date 2013-03
ISSN 1449-6313
1839-2946
Summary In this article, we describe a project on reasoning about socio-scientific issues (SSIs), involving French and Australian pre-service science teachers engaged in on-line discussion and development of a wiki. In the research, we developed frameworks for looking at the quality of reasoning about 'socially acute' sustainability questions. We found the level of reasoning was enhanced by the cross-cultural exchange, and identified the importance of context in framing reasoning quality. We argue that science teachers could effectively adapt this approach to develop students' scientific literacy and embed the 'science as a human endeavour' strand of the Australian Curriculum in their practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130309 Learning Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Australian Science Teachers Association ( ASTA )
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