Share Paper: Improving High School Students’ Ability to Evaluate Evidence and Use Evidence in Socioscientific Contexts and Educational Software Environments

  1. Shu-Sheng Lin, Graduate Institute of Mathematics and Science Education, National Chiayi University, Taiwan
  2. Ying-Shao Hsu, Graduate Institute of Science Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Wednesday, June 26 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Salon C

Abstract: Developing students’ higher order thinking skills is one of important goals in contemporary science education. The study aimed at developing one teaching module with an educational software to improve students’ ability to evaluate evidence and justify arguments with evidence. One experienced teacher and two of her classes (N=72) participate in the period of five-week experimental teaching, in which socioscientific contexts were provided and embedded in an educational software environments. The written tests were administered before and after instructional intervention to assess the improvement of students’ abilities. The results revealed that all students got statistically significant improvement in evaluating evidence and ...