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Metalogue: Critical Issues in Teaching Socio-scientific Issues

  • Jennie S. BrotmanEmail author
  • Vaille M. Dawson
  • Felicia Moore Mensah
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Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 39)

Abstract

Brotman: Despite numerous links to complex SSI, the topic of reproduction has not been a frequent focus of SSI research. This chapter vividly illustrates the potential for topics related to reproduction to engage students in the kind of thinking promoted by the SSI movement. It was refreshing to see that students responded positively to the reproduction unit, and that it prompted them to become more aware of their own and others’ beliefs, to more deeply understand these issues, to see these issues as personally relevant, and to reflect upon the interplay between science, society, and ethics. I would like to further explore the question of what aspects of this reproduction unit made it largely successful, as well as what recommendations for improving the unit the author and others might suggest. More specifically, I would like to raise questions about two aspects of the curriculum: the learning activities and the approach of the teacher.

Keywords

Pedagogical Content Knowledge Oral Presentation Teacher Candidate Good Teacher Critical Consciousness 
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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennie S. Brotman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vaille M. Dawson
    • 2
  • Felicia Moore Mensah
    • 3
  1. 1.Teaching Matters, IncNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Science and Mathematics Education CentreCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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