Attitudinal impact of hybridized writing about a socioscientific issue

Tomas, Louisa, Ritchie, Stephen M., & Tones, Megan J. (2011) Attitudinal impact of hybridized writing about a socioscientific issue. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 48(8), pp. 878-900.

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The development of scientifically literate citizens remains an important priority of science education; however, growing evidence of students’ disenchantment with school science continues to challenge the realisation of this aim. This triangulation mixed methods study investigated the learning experiences of 152 9th grade students as they participated in an online science-writing project on the socioscientific issue of biosecurity. Students wrote a series of hybridized scientific narratives, or BioStories, that integrate scientific information about biosecurity with narrative storylines. The students completed an online Likert-style questionnaire, the BioQuiz, which examined selected aspects of their attitudes toward science and science learning, prior to their participation in the project, and upon completion of the writing tasks. Statistical analyses of these results and interview data obtained from participating students suggest that hybridized writing about a socioscientific issue developed more positive attitudes toward science and science learning, particularly in terms of the students’ interest and enjoyment. Implications for research and teaching are also discussed.

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ID Code: 46681
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: attitudes, scientific literacy, hybridized writing, socioscientific issues, ecology education, writing-for-learning
DOI: 10.1002/tea.20431
ISSN: 0022-4308
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2011 22:56
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 09:39

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