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Controversy mapping as digital inquiry in school

The aim of this project is to investigate what it means to learn about science and engage with issues in technoscientific innovation in a world that relies heavily on digitized information. Scientific findings, arguments and claims from different fields are available through digital media raising issues of concern and controversy that are not only part of science-in-the-making but also generative of new dilemmas in the lives of citizens. The aim of this project is to investigate a digital method that invites such complexity and investigate what it implies for established educational practices, where students are to learn about science and how to exert their agency as young citizens in a digital landscape. The method is derived from a network of scholars that engage in developing digital tools to map scientific controversies. The digital method is spreading in the educational system in Europe and has recently been described as a major step for educational innovation. Our objective is to more thoroughly investigate what this digital method enable, restrict and challenge as it enters into established school practices in Sweden.

The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council

More about the project

For more information contact:

Åsa Mäkitalo, Professor in Education, project leader
Dep. of Education Communication and Learning
Email

Members of the project group

Mark Elam, Professor in Sociology
Åke Ingerman, Professor in Science and technology education
Gerd Johansen. PhD in Science education
Anne Solli, Lic. in Chemical and biological engineering

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