A Case Study of the Impact of Introducing Socio-scientific Issues into a Reproduction Unit in a Catholic Girls’ School

  • Vaille M. DawsonEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 39)


Internationally, an accepted aim of science education is to enable all students to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them, and to use their understanding of science to contribute to public debate and make informed and balanced decisions about scientific issues that impact their lives (see for example, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2000; Millar & Osborne, 1998). In Australia, significant emphasis has been placed on the importance of scientific literacy in science education (Rennie, Goodrum, & Hackling, 2001; Tytler, 2007). All Australian State and Territory curriculum documents state that science education should aim to develop students’ scientific understandings, problem solving, and critical thinking skills related to science topics of importance in society. A high level of scientific literacy can help young people to question the claims of the scientific community and other stakeholders, weigh up evidence about science issues, and use critical thinking skills and their understanding of science to make informed and balanced decisions. More recently, the newly formed Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released guidelines for a national curriculum in science. The guidelines state that the Australian science curriculum must prepare students ‘who, as citizens in a global world need to make personal decisions on the basis of a scientific view of the world’ (National Curriculum Board, 2009, p. 4).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science and Mathematics Education CentreCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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