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Using socioscientific issues in primary classrooms

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Journal of Elementary Science Education

An Erratum to this article was published on 25 March 2011


In this article, we provide three examples of the use of socioscientific issues (SSI) in a 5th-grade classroom. Taken from Earth science (beach sand replacement), life science (the Canadian seal hunt), and physical science (speed limits), the examples show how teachers can embed scientific content in controversial social issues that engage younger students in constructive sociomoral discourse. Each example includes a preliminary learning activity as well as a description of the SSI scenario and its results. The potential of SSI to inspire preservice elementary science methods students to teach more science and create their own modules is also discussed.

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Dolan, T.J., Nichols, B.H. & Zeidler, D.L. Using socioscientific issues in primary classrooms. J Elem Sci Edu 21, 1–12 (2009).

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