Teachers and SSI in Sweden

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Teachers and SSI in Sweden
Author(s) Ekborg, Margareta ; Nyström, Eva ; Ottander, Christina
Date 2010
English abstract
In this study we investigate a large group of teachers´ work with socio-scientific issues (SSI). They could choose between several cases and were free to organize the work as they found appropriate. How do teachers describe their work and what does it tell us about how they interpret school science and SSI specifically? 55 teachers answered a questionnaire after the work and seven were also interviewed. The teachers found the SSI to be current topics with interesting content and relevant tasks. They felt confident about the work and group work was common. Problems were that the students did not easily formulate questions, critically examine arguments or use media for more information. The result was verified in the interviews. The interviewed teachers did not find this work new, but still they organized it as “a special event”. They had different ideas about learning, but, they all talked about knowledge as a set of facts to be taken in. Further they understood SSI work as “free” work and group work was frequent, but only a few of the teachers expressed explicit strategies relating to these. It can be questioned if the teachers actually worked with SSI.
Link http://www.esera2009.org/books/Book2_CSER_Teacher_Ed.pdf (external link to publication)
Host/Issue Contemporary science education research: preservice and inservice teacher education : A collection of papers presented at ESERA 2009 Conference
ISBN 9786053640325
Pages 253-262
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) teachers
secondary school
socio-scientific issues
science education
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Note ESERA (European Science Education Research Association) 2009 CONFERENCE August 31st - September 4th 2009, Istanbul, Turkey
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8727 (link to this page)
Link http://www.esera2009.org/default.asp (external link to related web page)

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