Narratives and education : teaching about socio-scientific issues through fiction

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Αμπατζίδης, Γεώργιος
Αρμένη, Αναστασία
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Πρόγραμμα μεταπτυχιακών σπουδών «Δημιουργική γραφή», Πανεπιστήμιο Δυτικής Μακεδονίας
Highlighting the potential of narratives to improve teaching and learning is a quite recent educational trend. Supporters of the use of narratives in class argue that they help to illustrate abstract concepts, motivate and engage learners. When used in the science classroom, narratives are believed to support students to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills that may enable them to participate in debate about challenging socio-scientific issues. Our study concerns whether it is actually feasible to create a science narration that could be used as a door opener in getting students involved with the socio-scientific issues of (a) bees (pollination and food production), and (b) vegetarianism (diet and nutrition). We present a Sci-Fi short story about a world being attacked by plants and we discuss how and why it may be used as a door opener narrative by educators who intend to engage students in discussion about the socio-scientific issues of target.
Narratives, Socio-scientific issues, Science fiction stories, Education