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Socio-Ecological Controversies in the News as Trigger of a Model-Based Inquiry Instructional Sequence about the Effect of Global Warming on the Great Barrier Reef

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Sensociencia Team, CEIMAR-Universidad de Almería, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Departamento de Didáctica de las Ciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4676; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114676
Received: 13 May 2020 / Revised: 27 May 2020 / Accepted: 2 June 2020 / Published: 8 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Socio-Ecological Systems Sustainability)
The use of socio-ecological controversies, such as global warming, in classrooms has been suggested to increase students’ awareness about complex issues, although detailed analysis of their implementation in classrooms are still scarce. This research shows a model-based inquiry approach (MBI) instructional sequence, using scientific news as a trigger, aimed at addressing a global problem on a real socio-ecological system: the effect of global warming on the Great Barrier Reef. Its implementation in a lower secondary school classroom allowed the assessment of the effectiveness of the instructional sequence designed, based on students’ perception of what secondary school students have learned and felt. Results show that the MBI instructional sequence seems to have favored the mobilization of students’ alternative conceptions about global warming, coral reefs, and symbiotic relationships. In addition, it contributed to increasing the students’ awareness of the problem of global warming and its effects on an essential socio-ecological system, such as coral reefs. View Full-Text
Keywords: coral; global warming; model-based inquiry approach; scientific news; teaching proposal coral; global warming; model-based inquiry approach; scientific news; teaching proposal
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Jiménez-Liso, M.R.; González-Herrera, M.; Banos-González, I. Socio-Ecological Controversies in the News as Trigger of a Model-Based Inquiry Instructional Sequence about the Effect of Global Warming on the Great Barrier Reef. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4676.

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