Attitudinal impact of hybridized writing about a socioscientific issue

Tomas, Louisa, Ritchie, Stephen M., and Tones, Megan (2011) Attitudinal impact of hybridized writing about a socioscientific issue. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 48 (8). pp. 878-900.

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The development of scientifically literate citizens remains an important priority of science education; however, growing evidence of students' disenchantment with school science continues to challenge the realization of this aim. This triangulation mixed methods study investigated the learning experiences of 152 9th grade students as they participated in an online science-writing project on the socioscientific issue of biosecurity. Students wrote a series of hybridized scientific narratives, or BioStories, that integrate scientific information about biosecurity with narrative storylines. The students completed an online Likert-style questionnaire, the BioQuiz, which examined selected aspects of their attitudes toward science and science learning, prior to their participation in the project, and upon completion of the writing tasks. Statistical analyses of these results and interview data obtained from participating students suggest that hybridized writing about a socioscientific issue developed more positive attitudes toward science and science learning, particularly in terms of the students' interest and enjoyment. Implications for research and teaching are also discussed.

Item ID: 18945
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1098-2736
Keywords: attitudes; scientific literacy; hybridized writing; socioscientific issues; ecology education; writing-for-learning
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Funders: auDA Foundation Grant (Queensland University of Technology)
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2011 04:30
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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