Donnerstag, 12. Mai 2022, 16:00 - 18:00 iCal

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Fouad Abd-El-Khalick (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

The COVID-19 pandemic: Is it time to reorient 70 years of research into teaching and learning about nature of science?

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Helping precollege students achieve functional scientific literacy, which is needed to engage in informed decision-making on science-related personal and societal issues, has been a major goal for science education for, at least, half a century. Throughout this time, developing an understanding of nature of science – understanding how claims to scientific knowledge are developed and validated, and the characteristics of this knowledge – has been accepted as a central component of scientific literacy. The COVID-19 pandemic has put these long-lived goals and underlying assumptions to a crucial, naturalistic test. The results are, to say the least, deeply concerning. This talk will provide an overview of trends in research on nature of science over the past seven decades and, using the USA as a case study, explore implications for this research field of the widespread apathy toward, disregard for, and outright rejection of, science-informed decisions that were crucial to addressing the catastrophic pandemic.

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