Students' reasoning and decision making about a socioscientific issue: A cross-context comparison

Yeung Chung LEE, Marcus GRACE

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Abstract

It has been argued that decision making about socioscientific issue (SSIs) necessitates informal reasoning, which involves multiperspective thinking and moral judgment. This study extends the scope of the literature concerning students' reasoning on SSIs to a cross-contextual study by comparing decisions made on avian flu by 12–13-year-old Chinese students in two different contextual settings using a prescribed decision-making framework. The findings reveal differences between students in the two settings with respect to their reasoning perspectives, evidence perceived to be useful to gather, decision-making criteria, and postactivity decisions. When coupled with cross-contextual exchange, the prescribed decision-making framework was found to have an impact on both multiperspective reasoning and metacognitive reflection on the multifaceted nature of decision making. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-807
JournalScience Education
Volume96
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

Citation

Lee, Y. C., & Grace, M. (2012). Students' reasoning and decision making about a socioscientific issue: A cross-context comparison. Science Education, 96(5), 787-807.

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