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Title Teaching and learning for critical scientific literacy : communicating knowledge uncertainties, actors interplay and various discourses about chemicals
Author(s) Sjöström, Jesper ; Stenborg, Emelie
Date 2014
English abstract
The modern society can be described as a globalized risk society characterised by increasing complexity and unpredictable consequences of techno-scientific innovations and production. One example is the “chemicalisation” of our society, bodies and nature. In order to manage this, society needs educated citizens who are able to understand the complexity of the world and make value-based decisions – in both their private and professional lives. For example critical-democratic citizens – with “Bildung” – are able to value information about environmental chemicals and chemical risks. One arena with great potential for enabling critical-democratic citizenship is education. This chapter describes and problematizes teaching and learning about risk-related chemicals, such as additives, contaminants, pollution and various environmental chemicals. Such socio-chemical issues is a type of socio-scientific issues (SSI). Chemicals Education is suggested to be based on a “chemicals education triangle”, with the following three corners: (1) the nature of chemical risks, (2) the interplay between actors in “the chemical society”, and (3) pluralism and awareness regarding various “chemical discourses”. The communication inside and outside the science/chemistry classroom about the interplay between chemistry and society can be analyzed and discussed based on such a triangle.
Publisher Shaker Verlag
Host/Issue Science Education Research and Education for Sustainable Development : A collection of invited papers inspired by the 22nd Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education held at the University of Bremen, 19-21 June 2014
Series/Issue Beiträge zur Didaktik;
ISSN 1610-3912
ISBN 978-3-8440-3150-8
Pages 37-48
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Science Education
Chemistry Education
Chemicals Education
Risk society
Chemicalisation
Critical-democratic citizenship
Scientific Literacy
Chemical literacy
Media literacy
Socio-Scientific Issues
Socio-chemical issues
Science communication
Chemistry communication
Chemical risks
Chemical society
Discourses
Bildung
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18034 (link to this page)

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