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Socioscientific Issues as a Vehicle for Promoting Character and Values for Global Citizens
- Socioscientific Issues as a Vehicle for Promoting Character and Values for Global Citizens
- Lee H.; Yoo J.; Choi K.; Kim S.-W.; Krajcik J.; Herman B.C.; Zeidler D.L.
- Ewha Authors
- 김성원; 최경희; 이현주
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- 김성원; 최경희; 이현주
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- International Journal of Science Education
- vol. 35, no. 12, pp. 2079 - 2113
- SSCI; SCOPUS
- Our guiding presupposition in this study was that socioscientific issues (SSI) instruction, given the humanistic features that comprise this type of instruction, could play a role as a vehicle for cultivating character and values as global citizens. Our main objective was to observe how and to what extent SSI instruction might contribute to this. In order to achieve this aim, we implemented a SSI program on genetic modification technology for 132 ninth-grade students over 3-4 weeks and identified its educational effects using a mixed method approach. Data sources included student responses to questionnaire items that measure the students' character and values, records of student discussions, and semi-structured interviews with the students and their teachers. Results indicated that the students became more sensitive to moral and ethical aspects of scientific and technological development and compassionate to diverse people who are either alienated by the benefits of advanced technology or who are vulnerable to the dangers of its unintended effects. In addition, the students felt more responsible for the future resolution of the genetic SSI. However, the students struggled to demonstrate willingness and efficacy to participate within broader communities that entailed action toward SSI resolution. © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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