Pre-service science teachers’ perceptions of socioscientific issues: global warming as a case

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2015
Al, Saliha
The purpose of this study was to investigate pre-service science teachers perceptions of socio-scientific issues. A total of 18 pre-service science teachers voluntarily participated in this study. To evaluate pre-service science teachers perceptions of socio-scientific issues, semi-structured interview protocol was designed. In the first part of the study, participants general perceptions of science, technology, and science-society-technology interaction was examined. In the second part of the study, one of the socio-scientific issues, global warming, was used as a case. In this part, news related to science, society, and technology aspects of global warming were shared with participants. By this way, the influence of the news framing on the participants perceptions on science, society, and technology aspects of global warming were examined. The results of this study showed that pre-service science teachers had positive perceptions of science and technology.However, their perceptions about interaction between science and society were negative in contrary to the interactions between society and technology which were positive in general. In the second part of the study, it was seen that pre-service science teachers had mostly negative perceptions of science and society aspects of global warming. News framing had a supportive influence on their negative perceptions. On the contrary, news framing changed their perceptions of technology aspect of global warming. Results revealed the difference of pre-service science teachers perceptions of science-society and technology aspects related to socioscientific issues.
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S. Al, “Pre-service science teachers’ perceptions of socioscientific issues: global warming as a case,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.