NRO Long-term Practical Research
Developments in science and technology can have both a positive and negative impact on our society. To make responsible decisions in so-called socio-scientific issues (SSIs), both scientific knowledge and personal and social norms and values are important. An important goal of science education, and therefore a challenging responsibility for science teachers, is to educate secondary school students so that they are able to make informed decisions about SSIs that they may come across in their daily lives.
In this project, biology and chemistry teachers work together with FI researchers to strengthen citizenship education on sustainability issues. Through the SSIBL (Socio-Scientific Inquiry-Based Learning) approach, which has been developed in the European PARRISE project (www.parrise.eu), education is being developed and tested in various Lesson Study cycles, with the aim of integration the forming of opinions on social issues related to sustainability more effectively in the lower years of secondary school. Both teacher competence and student learning take centre stage. Ultimately, this project will lead to a collection of practices, teaching materials, lesson examples, measuring instruments and knowledge that stimulate citizenship education in science.
Project leader: Marie-Christine Knippels
Project duration: January 2019 to January 2022