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Socio‐scientific inquiry‐based learning as a means toward environmental citizenship

Ariza, MR; Christodoulou, A; van Harskamp, M; Knippels, MCPJ; Kyza, EA; Levinson, R; Agesilaou, A; (2021) Socio‐scientific inquiry‐based learning as a means toward environmental citizenship. Sustainability , 13 (20) , Article 11509. 10.3390/su132011509. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper draws on the meta‐theory of Critical Realism providing a theoretical basis for the pedagogical approach of Socio‐Scientific Inquiry‐Based Learning (SSIBL) in supporting Education for Environmental Citizenship (EEC). We argue that while there are different configurations of EEC, inducting citizens in decision‐making needs satisfies the following criteria: (a) relevant transdisciplinary knowledge, (b) a values orientation toward both the complexity of, and the necessity for, a sustainable world and (c) a confidence for, and commitment to, socio-political action at individual and collective levels. In order to provide a rich perspective about how SSIBL has been operationalized in various national contexts through specific teacher professional development, we present four cases purposefully selected as exemplars from different European countries (the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and Cyprus). The four cases provide powerful scenarios to discuss different ways in which the SSIBL approach can be implemented in teacher education to meet the criteria identified and, thus, promote informed and responsible action in relation to socio-environmental issues. The whole picture shows a consistent theoretical foundation and interesting opportunities for teacher education, as a relevant strategy to prepare teachers in taking risks and integrating SSIBL within school curricula to foster environmental citizenship.

Type: Article
Title: Socio‐scientific inquiry‐based learning as a means toward environmental citizenship
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/su132011509
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011509
Language: English
Additional information: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Socio-scientific inquiry-based learning (SSIBL); education for environmental citizenship; teacher education; critical realism; transdisciplinarity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138009
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