What are we aiming for? – A Delphi study on the development of civic scientific literacy in Sweden
(English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Based on the EU FP 7 project PROFILES, this article presents our findings from a three-round Delphi study conducted in Sweden which aimed at establishing a consensus on how science education should be developed for citizens to enhance civic scientific literacy. A total of 100 stakeholders (9th graders, school teachers, scientists and science education researchers) were involved in our Delphi study in 2012–13. The results revealed that there were some highly ranked consensus ideas: environmental issues, inquiry skills, motivation/interest and holistic comprehension were all in line with conclusions drawn elsewhere in the literature and ideas within the PROFILES project itself. However, we also found that there were some mismatched aspects of our Delphi study and the Swedish curriculum. The conclusions of our research imply the importance of involving different stakeholders in the educational reconstruction process; we suggest that the school teacher in particular should play a vital role.
Delphi study; Lower secondary school; science education
Research subject Didactics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123186DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2015.1120231OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-123186DiVA: diva2:872153
FunderEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, Grant no. 266589