publication . Article . 2017

Argumentation as a Strategy for Increasing Preservice Teachers’ Understanding of Climate Change, a Key Global Socioscientific Issue

Julie Lambert; Robert E. Bleicher;
Open Access
  • Published: 30 Apr 2017
  • Publisher: ISRES Publishing
Abstract
Findings of this study suggest that scientific argumentation can play an effective role in addressing complex socioscientific issues (i.e. global climate change). This research examined changes in preservice teachers’ knowledge and perceptions about climate change in an innovative undergraduate-level elementary science methods course. The preservice teachers’ understanding of fundamental concepts (e.g., the difference between weather and climate, causes of recent global warming, etc.) increased significantly. Their perceptions about climate change became more aligned to those of climate scientists. A key assignment was to develop and present an evidence-based sc...
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free text keywords: Psychology, Pedagogy, Climate change, Science education, Rebuttal, Global warming, Weather and climate, Argumentation theory, Teacher education, Mathematics education, Environmental education, business.industry, business
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