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Science Teachers Taking their First Steps toward Teaching Socioscientific Issues through Collaborative Action Research

Title
Science Teachers Taking their First Steps toward Teaching Socioscientific Issues through Collaborative Action Research
Authors
Lee H.Yang J.-E.
Ewha Authors
이현주
SCOPUS Author ID
이현주scopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
Research in Science Education
ISSN
0157-244XJCR Link
Citation
pp. 1 - 21
Keywords
Collaborative action researchSocioscientific issuesTeacher knowledgeTeacher professional development
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS scopus
Abstract
This study presents two science teachers, Catherine and Jennifer, who took their first steps toward teaching socioscientific issues through collaborative action research. The teachers participated in the collaborative action research project because they wanted to address socioscientific issues but had limited experience in teaching them. The research questions included what kinds of challenges the teachers encountered when implementing socioscientific issues and to what extent they resolved the challenging issues as participating in collaborative action research. The primary data source consisted of audiotapes of regular group meetings containing information on the process of constructing and implementing lesson plans and reflecting on their teaching of socioscientific issues. We also collected classroom videotapes of the teachers’ instruction and audiotapes of students’ small group discussions and their worksheets. The findings indicated that when addressing socioscientific issues in the classes, the teachers encountered several challenging issues. We categorized them into four: (1) restructuring classroom dynamics and culture, (2) scaffolding students’ engagement in socioscientific issues, (3) dealing with values, and (4) finding their niche in schools. However, this study showed that collaborative action research could be a framework for helping the teachers to overcome such challenges and have successful experiences of teaching socioscientific issues. These experiences became good motivation, to gradually develop their understanding of teaching socioscientific issues and instructional strategies for integrating the knowledge and skills that they had accumulated over the years. © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
DOI
10.1007/s11165-017-9614-6
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사범대학 > 과학교육과 > Journal papers
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