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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Develop research about scientific literacy
Author(s) Lundström, Mats
Date 2013
English abstract
In this paper the possibilities to use video diaries as data collection tool in studies about scientific literacy are discussed. The starting point is a need for students to develop scientific knowledge which they can use as citizens in different situations. I argue that with this definition the students’ scientific literacy (SL) must be investigated outside school in everyday life. It is also argued that studies investigating SL in an out-of-the-school context cannot be performed in the same way as studies in a school context, since situations outside school often are more complex. The use of video diaries is shortly reviewed and then described as a research tool in investigating individuals’ scientific literacy. The possibilities and difficulties of investigating scientific literacy outside school, for instance which type of data that that can be collected is discussed. It is also emphasized that this way of data collecting differs from researcher controlled video filming. The control is in the hands of the video-diary maker, even if the instructions from the researcher affect how the participation from the video diarist will be expressed. This perspective will lead to use of theoretical frameworks that are built on views where the social world is seen as constructed and dependent on context. Discourse psychology analysis (Potter and Wetherell, 1987) is presented as a suitable framework. This is in line with Sadler (2009) who emphasizes the importance of that students get the ability to learn science in a community where they can be central participants and express their identities.
Publisher ESERA
Pages 1-3
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Video diary, methodology, science education, scientific literacy, identity, discourse analysis
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note 10th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA). 2013, Cyprus. 20130903-07
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