Socio-scientific Issues-Based Education: What We Know About Science Education in the Context of SSI

  • Troy D. SadlerEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 39)


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.


Science Education Classroom Environment Argumentation Framework Science Teacher Education Social Consideration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Teaching and LearningUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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