The Global Warming case uses teachers from two separate ninth grade classes to introduce education students to the benefits and perils of involving socioscientific issues in the classroom. Both characters introduce the issue of global warming to spur debate and enhance student learning in a science curriculum. Education students are asked to contextualize socioscientific issues for the classroom and assess the advantages and disadvantages of employing them as pedagogical tools.
Global Warming: Heating Up the Science Classroom
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After reading and discussing the material, students should:
- Assess the pedagogical role of socioscientific issues in the science classroom.
- Examine promises and dilemmas in science teaching and learning when discussing socioscientific issues in the local context.
- Use local socioscientific issues that affect the community to address pedagogical concerns in the science classroom.