Investigation of Opinions of Seventh Grade Students about Socio-Scientific Issues by means of Science Teaching Based on Common Knowledge Construction Model


Bakırcı H. , Artun H. , Sahin S., Sagdic M.

JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATION-EGITIMDE NITEL ARASTIRMALAR DERGISI, vol.6, no.2, pp.207-237, 2018 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.14689/issn.2148-2624.1.6c2s10m
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATION-EGITIMDE NITEL ARASTIRMALAR DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.207-237

Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate the opinions of seventh-grade students on socio- scientific issues through science teaching based on a common knowledge construction model. The study was carried out with 25 grade seven students attending a secondary school in the spring term of the 2016-2017 academic year. Within case study research methodology, one of qualitative research methods, was applied. In the study, the Socio-Scientific Issues Evaluation Form and semi-structured interview questions were used for data collection. In analyzing the data content analysis were used. The findings indicated that the students found socio-scientific issues were complex, open-ended and mostly debatable issues which did not any have clear-cut answer. The CKCM lessons sequence was found to be influential on the development of the 7th grade students' decision-making skills regarding socio-scientific issues, problem-solving skills in daily lives and the development of science literacy. To clarify the effect of the CKCM on socio-scientific issues, future studies should be conducted with a larger sample from different grades.