The Role of Moral Reasoning on Socioscientific Issues and Discourse in Science Education

  • Dana L. Zeidler

Part of the Science & Technology Education Library book series (CTISE, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Norman G. Lederman
      Pages 1-4
  3. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
  4. Nature of Science Issues

  5. Classroom Discourse Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Dana L. Zeidler, Jonathan Osborne, Sibel Erduran, Shirley Simon, Martin Monk
      Pages 97-116
    3. Marvin W. Berkowitz, Patrica E. Simmons
      Pages 117-138
  6. Cultural Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Klaus Witz, Nancy MacGregor
      Pages 165-182
    3. Cathleen C. Loving, Susan W. Lowy, Cori Martin
      Pages 183-194
    4. J. Randy McGinnis
      Pages 195-216
  7. Science-Technology-Society-Environment Social and Case-Based Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Troy D. Sadler, Dana L. Zeidler
      Pages 261-285
  8. Concluding Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 307-311

About this book


This book is the first in the field to directly address moral reasoning and socioscientific discourse. It provides a theoretical framework to rethink what a "functional view" of scientific literacy entails by examining how nature of science issues, classroom discourse issues, cultural issues, and science-technology-society-environment case-based issues contribute to developing habits of mind about socioscientific content. The philosophical, psychological and pedagogical considerations underpinning the role of moral reasoning and the status of socioscientific issues in science education have been succinctly expressed and elucidated in this book. Science teachers, teacher educators, researchers, curriculum designers, politicians, and organizations interested in educational and political reform should find this volume very relevant and important for their missions. The extensive coverage of topics makes this book excellent for both theoretical and practical purposes.


morality science science education

Editors and affiliations

  • Dana L. Zeidler
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-3855-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-4996-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1878-0482
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