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Socio-scientific Issues in the Classroom Teaching, Learning and Research by Troy Sadler

Socio-scientific Issues in the Classroom Teaching, Learning and Research

Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education Series


Socio-scientific Issues in the Classroom Teaching, Learning and Research by Troy Sadler

Socio-scientific issues (SSI) are open-ended, multifaceted social issues with conceptual links to science. They are challenging to negotiate and resolve, and they create ideal contexts for bridging school science and the lived experience of students. This book presents the latest findings from the innovative practice and systematic investigation of science education in the context of socio-scientific issues. Socio-scientific Issues in the Classroom: Teaching, Learning and Research focuses on how SSI can be productively incorporated into science classrooms and what SSI-based education can accomplish regarding student learning, practices and interest. It covers numerous topics that address key themes for contemporary science education including scientific literacy, goals for science teaching and learning, situated learning as a theoretical perspective for science education, and science for citizenship. It presents a wide range of classroom-based research projects that offer new insights for SSI-based education. Authored by leading researchers from eight countries across four continents, this book is an important compendium of syntheses and insights for veteran researchers, teachers and curriculum designers eager to advance the SSI agenda.


From the reviews: Sadler's volume is clearly primarily an `academic
book: it is theoretical

, and scholarly. ... valuable to teachers who are interested in developing teaching approaches and material for teaching socio-scientific issues. ... Researchers and graduate students will certainly find much of interest here ... . The book certainly makes a substantial contribution in seeking to develop our understanding of the challenges and affordances of this focus of science teaching. (Keith S. Taber, Teacher Development, February, 2014) The present book is a collection of chapters, written by different authors, coordinated by T.D. Sadler. ... This book is a must for researchers in education who are interested in teaching SSIs, but it should also be read by those studying the teaching of stabilized knowledge in science. The issues raised are significantly rich. The form chosen is original and stimulating. I strongly recommend it. (Laurence Simonneaux, Science & Education, May, 2012)

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Publication date

15th July 2013


Troy Sadler

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376 pages


Teaching of a specific subject
Educational: Sciences, general science



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