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Environmental socio-scientific issues in (teacher) education for science & mathematics

20. May 2021 @ 13:45 - 17:00



Should vaccination be compulsory? Is it possible to use only ‘renewable energy’? Can global warming be stopped?
The relevance of paying attention to this type of socially relevant scientific dilemma’s (socio-scientific issues) in teacher training for science and mathematics is increasing. After all, education has the task of preparing pupils for a future in which they are able to think along and decide on these kinds of issues.
SSI are little structured, open problems or dilemmas that have multiple solutions. Underlying data plays an important role in making decisions on such issues. Using mathematics, in particular statistics on large databases, therefor can play an important part in this.
In this multiplier event of the Ensite project we will talk about how science and mathematics teacher educators can incorporate SSI. We focus on environmental SSI and use experiences and ideas from Ensite and other European projects on this subject (Parrise, MasDiv).
We invite teacher educators of STEM-subjects and other interested parties to register.


13:45-14:00 Introduction
14:00-14:45 Invited plenary – Christine Knippels (Utrecht University, Freudenthal Institute) – SSI and IBL

To make responsible decisions regarding SSIs, such as increased carbon dioxide emissions, deployment of resources, citizens need to consider both scientific knowledge and personal and social values and beliefs. Fostering these aspects of democratic citizenship is an important aim of science education (European Commission, 2015). SSIBL aims to foster responsible research and innovation through science education, by connecting SSIs with inquiry-based learning and citizenship education (Levinson et al., 2017).

Christine will show how SSIBL was developed (for example in the Parrise project), will talk about the challenges of giving the right attention to SSIBL in teacher training, and show some results of recent research: How do pre-service teachers value SSIBL-pedagogy?

14:45-15:00 Break
15:00-16:30 Topic discussions

Participants will learn how to teach science and maths, with the use of socioscientific issues.


Please register at here.

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