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Students'socio-scientific reasoning on controversies from the viewpoint of Education for Sustainable Development

Simonneaux, Laurence and Simonneaux, Jean Students'socio-scientific reasoning on controversies from the viewpoint of Education for Sustainable Development. (2009) Cultural Studies of Science Education, vol. 4 (n° 3). pp. 657-687. ISSN 1871-1502

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Abstract

In this article, we study third-year university students'reasoning about three controversial socio-scientific issues from the viewpoint of education for sustainable development: local issues (the reintroduction of bears in the Pyrenees in France, wolves in the Mercantour) and a global one (global warming). We used the theoretical frameworks of social representations and of socio-scientific reasoning. Students'reasoning varies according to the issues, in particular because of their emotional proximity with the issues and their socio-cultural origin. About this kind of issues, it seems pertinent to integrate into the operations of socio-scientific reasoning not only the consideration of values, but also the analysis of the modes of governance and the place given to politics.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution: Université de Toulouse > Ecole Nationale de Formation Agronomique - ENFA
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Deposited By:Jean Simonneaux

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