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Upper Secondary Students' Argumentation on Socio-scientific Issues
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Geography and Tourism. Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Geography and Tourism.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4306-8278
2009 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract

The aim of this research is to explore students´ capability of dealing with socio-scientific issues and to examine how students use their existing science content knowledge when making arguments about different topics, all related to sustainable development. The purpose is also to examine any differences in students´ argumentation, and use of science content knowledge, among students focusing their studies towards science contra students with social science as major focus in their education. Approximately 100 students of grade 12 (50 science major, 50 non-science major) will fill in questionnaires where they express their opinions on the socio-scientific issues, and formulate arguments to support their standpoint. A number of interviews will be preformed to allow deeper penetration of students´ thoughts. To have the ability to argue well in issues with implication both in society and science, socio-scientific issues, the students need to practice this skill. Students need to develop understandings in science and have meaningful experiences that encourage science knowledge, and a context that is issue-based is an effective way to do this, and to teach and learn argumentation. In most of previous research of argumentation using socio-scientific issues, students have prior to expressing their argumentation, been given extended information about the socio-scientific issues that was the focus of argumentation (Sadler, 2004a), but in this study interest lies in students performances without gaining prior information, imitating real life situation. This is a first step of designing a teaching instruction based on socio-scientific issues with good argumentation skills as a goal, and this research is meant to be a piece of that objective

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2009.
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Biological Sciences
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Biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11190OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-11190DiVA: diva2:494759
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ESERA-konferens
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2015-04-17Bibliographically approved

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