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Is heating generated from a crematorium an appropriate source for district heating?: Student teachers reasoning about a complex environmental issue
Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Mathematics, Technology and Science Education.
2005 (English)In: Environmental Education Research, Vol. 11, no 5, 557-573 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on a longitudinal study on how science student teachers’ reasoning about a

complex environmental issue developed through a teacher education programme in mathematics

and science for grades 1–7 (ages 7–13). Of special interest was to follow the ways in which student

teachers used scientific knowledge in their reasoning. The issue was taken from a newspaper article

discussing the use of surplus heat from a crematorium for district heating. A group of 14 student

teachers were followed through 21/2 years of a teacher education programme, during which they

were interviewed three times. The results showed that the student teachers drew upon scientific

knowledge only to a limited degree when they were asked to clarify the situation in the article,

quickly taking standpoints based upon emotional arguments. Several student teachers experienced

a contradiction between science and their emotions. It was also shown that there was a conceptual

problem, which could be important for how the student teachers understood the issue, and thereby

influenced their decision-making.

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2005. Vol. 11, no 5, 557-573 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-10414OAI: diva2:150085
Available from: 2008-08-14 Created: 2008-08-14 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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