Risk and school science education

Christensen, Clare K. (2009) Risk and school science education. Studies in Science Education, 45(2), pp. 205-223.

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In this paper I consider a role for risk understanding in school science education. Grounds for this are described in terms of current sociological analyses of the contemporary world as a ‘risk society’ and recent public understanding of science studies where science and risk are concerns commonly linked within the wider community. These concerns connect with support amongst many science educators for the goal of science education for citizenship. From this perspective scientific literacy for decision making on contemporary socioscientific issues is central. I argue that in such decision making risk understanding has an important role to play. I examine some of the challenges its inclusion in school science presents to science teachers, review previous writing about risk in the science education literature and consider how knowledge about risk might be addressed in school science. I also outline the varying conceptions of risk and suggest some future research directions which would support the inclusion of risk in classroom discussions of socioscientific issues.

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ID Code: 48663
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/03057260903142293
ISSN: 0305-7267
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
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 Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Studies in Science Education, 2009 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/.
Deposited On: 24 Oct 2013 03:41
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2013 10:52

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