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Original article | Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 2022, Vol. 17(4) 182-208

Turkish Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Decisions on Various Socioscientific Issues: SEE-SEP Model-Analysis

Hamdi Karakaş & Gülseda Eyceyurt Türk

pp. 182 - 208   |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.29329/epasr.2022.478.9   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2208-05-0002.R1

Published online: December 05, 2022  |   Number of Views: 27  |  Number of Download: 82


Abstract

The science curriculum in the Turkish education system includes socioscientific issues (SSI) as a context for developing students' reasoning skills, scientific thinking habits, and decision-making skills from an early age. Conducting activities on real problems with teachers and pre-service teachers based on SSI and making decisions considering different dimensions in SSI can provide a better explanation and transfer of the content dimension of the subject. It was found that SSI studies are conducted with science teachers and pre-service science teachers in Türkiye. In this study, activities with different SSIs were organized with pre-service primary teachers, and the decisions of pre-service primary teachers on various socioscientific issues were evaluated considering different dimensions (sociology/culture, environment, economy, science, ethics/morality, and policy) using the SEE-SEP model. Nine different SSI scenarios were presented to 60 pre-service primary teachers in the Central Anatolian region of Türkiye, and they were asked to make a decision in dilemma situations and justify it. It was found that hydroelectric power plants (HEPP), mining, and electric vehicles are highly favored by pre-service primary teachers, while GMOs, cloning, and the establishment of industrial zones are not highly favoured, and they are undecided about biotechnology. It is concluded that the pre-service primary teachers' decisions to support various SSI are mainly economic and scientific, while the environmental and ethical/moral dimensions lead mainly to non-support and indecision.

Keywords: Socioscientific Issue, Decision-Making, SEE-SEP Model, Pre-Service Primary Teachers


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APA 6th edition
Karakas, H. & Turk, G.E. (2022). Turkish Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Decisions on Various Socioscientific Issues: SEE-SEP Model-Analysis . Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 17(4), 182-208. doi: 10.29329/epasr.2022.478.9

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Karakas, H. and Turk, G. (2022). Turkish Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Decisions on Various Socioscientific Issues: SEE-SEP Model-Analysis . Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 17(4), pp. 182-208.

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Karakas, Hamdi and Gulseda Eyceyurt Turk (2022). "Turkish Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Decisions on Various Socioscientific Issues: SEE-SEP Model-Analysis ". Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 17 (4):182-208. doi:10.29329/epasr.2022.478.9.

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