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Challenges faced by teachers implementing socio-scientific issues as core elements in their classroom practices
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences. (Network for Science Education Research & Development)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4452-0617
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (Värdepedagogik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4072-2986
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences. (Networ for Science Education Research & Development)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9132-8615
Uppsala University. (Network for Science Education Research & Development)
2015 (English)In: European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, ISSN 2301-251X, E-ISSN 2301-251X, Vol. 3, no 2, 159-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Teachers may face considerable challenges when implementing socio‐scientific issues (SSI) in their classroom practices, such as incorporating student‐centred teaching practices and exploring knowledge and values in the context of socio-scientific issues. This year‐long study explores teachers’ reflections on the process of developing their classroom practices when implementing SSI. Video‐recorded discussions between two upper secondary school science teachers and an educational researcher, grounded in the teachers’ reflections on their classroom practices, provided data for the analysis. The results show that during the course of the implementation the teachers enhanced their awareness of the importance of promoting students’ participation and supporting their independence as learners. However, the results also suggest a conflict between the enactment of a student‐centred classroom practice and the achievement of intended learning goals. In order to accept the challenge of implementing SSI in the classroom, it is suggested that it is essential for teachers to build strategies, which integrate dialogue about learning goals.

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2015. Vol. 3, no 2, 159-176 p.
Keyword [en]
secondary school science, scientific literacy, socio‐scientific issues, curriculum implementation, student participation, teacher reflection
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Natural Science, Science Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-42913OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-42913DiVA: diva2:809127
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Swedish Research Council, VR-UVK 721-2011-5534
Available from: 2015-04-30 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2015-10-22Bibliographically approved

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