An SSI-based STEAM approach to developing science programs

Ha My Anna Mang, Hye-Eun Chu, Sonya N. Martin, Chan-Jong Kim

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This study employed a multi-phased process to guide the development of an approach for integrating socio-scientific issues (SSI) and science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education in a way that can reform how science is taught in schools to improve scientific literacy. This approach can help teachers connect science authentically to real-world issues that have social and cultural relevance to students’ everyday lives. To demonstrate how the approach could be used for curriculum development, the authors defined the dimensions and key principles of SSI-based STEAM teaching and translated the approach into a climate change program by using a 6E inquiry model, which emphasizes an “enactment” stage. This program was used to discuss the benefits and challenges of employing an SSI-based STEAM approach in classroom contexts. We conclude by discussing implications for using this approach to improve science learning opportunities in cross-cultural contexts, and we raise questions about the need for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-585
Number of pages37
JournalAsia-Pacific Science Education
Issue number2
Early online date9 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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  • 6E inquiry model
  • global citizenship
  • socio-scientific issues
  • SSI


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