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How do 15-16 year old students use scientific knowledge to justify their reasoning about human sexuality and relationships?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences. (Network for Science Education Research & Development)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9132-8615
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4072-2986
2016 (English)In: Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, ISSN 0742-051X, E-ISSN 1879-2480, Vol. 60, no Nov, 121-130 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to advance our understanding about the roles students assign to expert knowledge, the present study addresses how 32 Swedish secondary-school students use their knowledge of scientific disciplines in their reasoning on socioscientific issues (SSI) concerning human sexuality. By analyzing group discussions, students were found to use science either as a sole justification or integrated with other kinds of knowledge. Using expert knowledge to lift problems out of the limited local contexts and find solutions, the students access the freedom to make personal choices. It was concluded that scientific knowledge provides possibilities for decisions that can support students' agency.

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2016. Vol. 60, no Nov, 121-130 p.
Keyword [en]
Agency; Decision-making, Reasoning skills, Scientific literacy, Socioscientific issues, Trust
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Natural Science, Science Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61304DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2016.08.009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61304DiVA: diva2:1080897
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Understanding the Formation of Scientific Literacy Through Socioscientific Issues: A Study of Student Discourse and Reasoning Capabilities
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Swedish Research Council, 721-2011-5534
Available from: 2017-03-12 Created: 2017-03-12 Last updated: 2017-03-17Bibliographically approved

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