Citizenship, Inquiry and Responsibility in socio-scientific issues : an analysis of Swedish biology curriculum

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Citizenship, Inquiry and Responsibility in socio-scientific issues : an analysis of Swedish biology curriculum
Author(s) Lundström, Mats
Date 2016
Editor(s) Lavonen, Jari; Juuti, Kalle; Lampiselkä, Jarkko; Uitto, Anna; Hahl, Kaisa
English abstract
During the last years the so called 21st century skills have been emphasized in both policy documents and science education research. The development of these skills among citizens in Europe has been supported by the European Union through different education and research programmes (EU, 2015). This paper analyzes if four aspects (citizenship education (CE), inquiry-based science education (IBSE), responsible research and innovation (RRI) and socio-scientific issues (SSI)) from a theoretical framework in one of those EU-funded projects (PARRISE) are integrated in the Swedish biology curriculum in lower secondary school (The national agency for education, 2011). The research question was: To what extent are CE, IBSE, RRI and SSI integrated in the national biology education curriculum in Sweden? The curriculum in biology for lower secondary school in Sweden has been analyzed. In focus for the content analysis of the curriculum has been the four major aspects; CE, IBSE, RRI SSI. Aims, core content and knowledge requirements have been studied. The four aspects from the project framework are to large extent expressed in the Swedish biology curriculum. The aspects IBSE and SSI dominate the curriculum. However, the RRI aspects are not explicitly expressed. The Swedish biology curriculum is well-adapted to the thoughts that are expressed in the 21st century skills and articulated in the project as four aspects.
Publisher ESERA
Series/Issue Science Education Research : Engaging learners for a sustainable future;4
ISBN 978-951-51-1541-6
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) PARRISE
biology curriculum analysis
inquiry-based
socio-scientific issue
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note 11th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Helsinki, Finland, August 31 - September 4, 2015
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20075 (link to this page)
Link http://www.esera2015.org/ (external link to related web page)

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