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Making chemistry education relevant through mass media.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
2015 (English)In: Relevant Chemistry Education – From Theory to Practice / [ed] Ingo Eilks and Avi Hofstein, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2015, 1, 205-218 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In today’s society, mass media plays an important role in our life. In addition toschool education, people receive scientific knowledge from mass media to a greatextent. Within chemistry, the information, for example, concerning food chemistry,crime investigation, environmental toxins and local mining issues, pervades massmedia. Today, all the above-mentioned issues are termed socio-scientific issues(SSI), which are seen as suitable contexts to promote scientific literacy and citizeneducation in the global age. In addition to the importance of noticing the emergingSSI in mass media, both of SSI and media have been found useful in enhancingstudents’ learning in sciences, especially at the moment of facing the presentphenomenon concerning students’ low interest in science revealed internationally,in particular among developed countries (e.g. Sweden). Therefore, it is a majortask now for us, as science educators, to put effort on motivating students’ interestin science, and we believe the combination of SSI and mass media can enhancestudents’ interest through making science relevant. In this chapter, the importanceof SSI-based teaching linking to the meaning of relevance is introduced as a visionthat science teachers need to be aware of and develop further. Further, we arguewhy mass media can contribute to making chemistry education relevant forstudents based on research evidence. Two examples of SSI-teaching approaches,based on local SSI topics discussed in mass media in Taiwan and Sweden, arepresented to benefit teaching practices. The implication to teacher education isalso discussed.

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Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2015, 1. 205-218 p.
Keyword [en]
scientific media literacy, chemistry education, scientific literacy, media
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118744ISBN: 978-94-6300-174-8ISBN: 978-94-6300-173-1ISBN: 978-94-6300-175-5OAI: diva2:827431
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, FP7-266589
Available from: 2015-06-27 Created: 2015-06-27 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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