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

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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.

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

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Published date: 2006

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Local EPrints ID: 63214
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63214
ISSN: 1358-6785
PURE UUID: 29a5aa18-aadd-41d8-9cc4-05ddcbaef47a

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Date deposited: 22 Sep 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:18

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