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Socio-scientific issues in primary schools

Katie Gormley, Sally Birdsall, and Bev France

Socio-scientific issues (SSIs) are real-life problems which have a scientific basis yet require the consideration of social concerns. Using SSIs has been advocated as an approach to engage secondary-school students with science and this study aimed to explore the potential of such an approach in the primary-school classroom. The experiences and attitudes of twenty Auckland primary-school teachers towards using real-life issues in their classroom were investigated, and several pedagogical considerations identified that teachers need to contemplate to successfully implement an SSIs approach with younger children.

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