Socio-scientific Issues-Based Education: What We Know About Science Education in the Context of SSI
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Over the last decade, interest in socio-scientific issues (SSI) as research themes and instructional contexts for science education has grown dramatically. During this period, science educators have presented several articles and chapters that outline the conceptual and theoretical dimensions of this emerging field (e.g., Hodson, 2003; Sadler & Zeidler, 2009; Zeidler & Keefer, 2003; Zeidler, Sadler, Simmons & Howes, 2005). Scholars working in this area have also conducted a fair amount of research addressing a wide range of questions making use of various methodologies including correlational analyses, quasi-experimentally designed quantitative studies, case studies, and grounded theory. Much of this research has been reviewed and synthesized elsewhere (Bennett, Lubben & Hogarth, 2007; Sadler, 2004; 2009). These contributions provide an important backdrop for the development of this volume.
KeywordsScience Education Classroom Environment Argumentation Framework Science Teacher Education Social Consideration
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