Teaching controversial issues in the secondary school science classroom

Wilhelmina Van Rooy*

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Abstract

A sample of fourteen secondary school biology teachers chosen from twelve schools were interviewed. The purpose was to determine their views on how controversial issues in science might be handled in the secondary school science classroom and whether the issues of surrogacy and human embryo experimentation were suitable controversial issues for discussion in schools. In general, teachers indicated that controversial issues deserve a more prominent place in the science curriculum because they have the potential to foster thinking, learning, and interest in science. The issues of surrogacy and human embryo experimentation were seen as appropriate contexts for learning, provided that teachers were well informed and sensitive to both the students and to the school environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Science Education
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993

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