Teaching citizenship through science: socio-scientific issues as an important component of citizenship

Grace, Marcus (2006) Teaching citizenship through science: socio-scientific issues as an important component of citizenship. Prospero, 12, (3), 42-53.


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This paper is based on the view that many of the issues facing us as modern citizens are underpinned by science, and that pupils should therefore consider socio-scientific issues in the course of their formal science education. This should lay the foundations for decision-making and actions in adulthood in relation to controversial science-based problems of society.
Many areas of debate at all levels from government to the media relate to socio-scientific issues: How do we handle an imminent bird flu pandemic? Is genetic modification the future of medicines and global food supply? Is climate change really as big a threat to humanity as scientists tell us? How conclusive is DNA evidence in a murder trial? Should we consider building a new generation of nuclear power stations? These are examples of typical socio-scientific issues which impact on us all, from determining policy through to individual decision making.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1358-6785 (print)
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 63214
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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:47
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63214

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