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To what extent do biology textbooks contribute to scientific literacy? : Criteria for analysing science-technology-society-environment issues

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Calado, Florbela ; Scharfenberg, Franz-Josef ; Bogner, Franz X.:
To what extent do biology textbooks contribute to scientific literacy? : Criteria for analysing science-technology-society-environment issues.
In: Education Sciences. Vol. 5 (2015) Issue 4 . - pp. 255-280.
ISSN 2227-7102
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci5040255

Abstract in another language

Our article proposes a set of six criteria for analysing science-technology-society-environment (STSE) issues in regular textbooks as to how they are expected to contribute to students’ scientific literacy. We chose for genetics and gene technology as fields prolific in STSE issues. We derived our criteria (including 26 sub-criteria) from a literature review of the debate in science education on how to raise scientific literacy. We inspected the textbooks regarding the relationships between science, technology, society, and environment, and considered the presence of the decontextualized and socially neutral view of science as distorted view. We, qualitatively and quantitatively, applied our set of criteria on two German Biology textbooks and identified, in total, 718 STSE statements. Based on the frequencies of different criteria and sub-criteria in the textbooks, we drew conclusions concerning STSE issues and concerning the underlying conceptions of science and technology, which might hinder the furtherance of scientific literacy. The applicability of our approach in other science education contexts is discussed.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER131488
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Didactics of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Didactics of Biology > Chair Didactics of Biology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franz Xaver Bogner
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 09:49
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 09:49
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/33506