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Dr Clare Christensen, Queensland University of Technology
Young adults’ responses to uncertain or contested science: What issues do they raise and what is the role of science education in addressing these?
25th March at 10.30–12.00 in Q307
Contemporary socioscientific issues such as climate change, GM foods, radiation risks, nanoparticles in consumer products, increasingly position scientific knowledge alongside new and man-made risks where knowledge is often uncertain. This challenges science education in important ways since school science has traditionally been presented as reliable, if not certain knowledge. There is now a strong domain of research and mention in many national curricula to include such issues in the school science curriculum. This is part of a wider move towards more sociocultural approaches in science education. For some both within and outside science education this is controversial and can be challenged from at least two disciplinary perspectives. These ideas have been neglected in the research literature but would seem worthy of greater discussion
Dr Clare Christensen is a researcher in science education. She did her PhD on students’ sense of risk about mobile phones and the teaching of socioscientific issues is her primary area of interest. The project she will be linked to with Stockholm University is about nano-science and the sense of risk that is or should be associated with its teaching. She is interested in the role of contemporary socioscientific issues in school science and reform directions towards authentic inquiry, situated learning and citizenship. She was trained as a biochemist, taught secondary school science for 15years and has since worked at Queensland University of Technology as a tutor and researcher. Her PhD study explored young adults' accounts of scientific knowledge in the context of the contested science of mobile phone safety. This led to an interest in the role of risk in decision making where there is uncertainty. Her current research focus is the development of pedagogy related to dealing with uncertain science and to developing risk literacy as a part of scientific literacy.
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