Science Teacher Education for Responsible Citizenship

Towards a Pedagogy for Relevance through Socioscientific Issues

  • Maria Evagorou
  • Jan Alexis Nielsen
  • Justin Dillon

Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jessica S. C. Leung, Ka Lok Wong, Kennedy K. H. Chan
    Pages 21-39
  3. Ruth Amos, Marie-Christine Knippels, Ralph Levinson
    Pages 41-61
  4. Patricia J. Friedrichsen, Troy D. Sadler, Laura Zangori
    Pages 85-99
  5. Melina Furman, Inés Taylor, Mariana Luzuriaga, María Eugenia Podestá
    Pages 133-151
  6. Jan Alexis Nielsen, Maria Evagorou, Justin Dillon
    Pages 193-199

About this book


This edited book aims to provide a global perspective on socioscientific issues (SSI), responsible citizenship and the relevance of science, with an emphasis on science teacher education. The volume, with more than twenty-five contributors from Africa, North and South America, Asia, Australasia and Europe, focuses on examples from in- and pre-service teacher training. The contributors expand on issues related to teachers’ beliefs about teaching SSI, teachers’ challenges when designing and implementing SSI-related activities, the role of professional development, both in pre- and in-service teacher training, in promoting SSI, the role of the nature of science when teaching SSI, promoting scientific practices through SSI in pre-service teaching, and the role of indigenous knowledge in SSI teaching. Finally, the book discusses new perspectives for addressing SSI in teacher education through the lens of relevance and responsible citizenship.


Science Teacher Education Responsible citizenship Socio-scientific issues (SSI) science and society how people use science relevance of science teaching Critical rationality in teaching science Secondary Preservice Science teachers teaching Socio-scientific issues

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Evagorou
    • 1
  • Jan Alexis Nielsen
    • 2
  • Justin Dillon
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.Department of Science EducationUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.University of ExeterExeterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-40228-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-40229-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1878-0482
  • Series Online ISSN 1878-0784
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