Using media reports of science research in pupils' evaluation of evidence

Ratcliffe, Mary and Fullick, Patrick (2007) Using media reports of science research in pupils' evaluation of evidence. In, Behrendt, Helga, Dahncke, Helmut, Duit, Reinders, Graber, Wolfgang, Komorek, Michael, Cross, Angela and Reiska, Priit (eds.) Research in science education: Past, present and future. Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Springer, 119-124. (doi:10.1007/0-306-47639-8_15).


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With development of’ scientific literacy’ in mind, this classroom-based study explored skills of evidence evaluation of 15–16 year olds, through their interpretation of media reports of science research. Results indicate that most pupils can recognise research claims and evidence but are less able to recognise limitations of evidence and interactions with theory. They can offer sensible suggestions for generation of additional evidence. There appears to be limited pupil development across the one year of the study. More emphasis on evidence-theory interaction may aid pupil understanding of the scientific enterprise.

Item Type: Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/0-306-47639-8_15
ISBNs: 9780792367550 (paperback)
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Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 58236
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
8 May 2007Published
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:39

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