Digital technology to support students’ socioscientific reasoning about environmental issues

Morin, Olivier, Simonneaux, Laurence, Simonneaux, Jean and Tytler, Russell 2013, Digital technology to support students’ socioscientific reasoning about environmental issues, Journal of biological education, vol. 47, no. 3, ERIDOB special issue, pp. 157-165.

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Title Digital technology to support students’ socioscientific reasoning about environmental issues
Author(s) Morin, Olivier
Simonneaux, Laurence
Simonneaux, Jean
Tytler, RussellORCID iD for Tytler, Russell
Journal name Journal of biological education
Volume number 47
Issue number 3
Season ERIDOB special issue
Start page 157
End page 165
Total pages 9
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0021-9266
Keyword(s) socially acute questions
cross-cultural approaches
critical thinking
digital work
Summary Scientific expertise and outcomes often give rise to controversy. An educational response that equips students to take part in such discussions is the teaching of socially acute questions (SAQs). With SAQs, the understanding of uncertainty, risk and how knowledge is developed is central. This study explores the way in which students from different disciplines and different continents are brought together via a digital platform to explore SAQs about environmental issues (a green algae outbreak linked to release of fertilisers along the coast of Brittany; the construction of a desalination plant near Melbourne to produce freshwater; and changes in meat consumption on a global scale, with regard to population projections in 2050). We have developed frameworks for looking at the quality of the collective reasoning and at the nature of students’ interactions, so that we can analyse the organisation of the learning communities and the building of collegial expertise. The results show that interdisciplinary discussions, especially on an international scale, foster the understanding of complex situations. In this paper, we discuss the modalities of one didactic scenario to enhance critical thinking and collaborative work, and to provide space for learners to support argumentation.
Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
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, Taylor & Francis
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