• Albert Zeyer
  • Nuria Álvaro
  • Julia Arnold
  • Jens Christian Benninghaus
  • Helen Hasslöf
  • Kerstin Kremer
  • Mats Lundström
  • Olga Mayoral
  • Jesper Sjöström
  • Sandra Sprenger
  • Valentín Gavidia
  • Alla Keselman
This paper aims to discuss complexity as a key feature for understanding the role of science knowledge in environmental and health contexts—a central issue in Science|Environment|Health pedagogy. Complex systems are, in principle, not predictable. In different contexts, ephemeral mechanisms produce different, sometimes completely unexpected results. The art of decision-making in complex contexts is to take scientific knowledge into account but to interpret its meaning in terms of concrete complex contexts. This is illustrated by four empirical studies on Science|Environment|Health issues, presented midway through this paper. The findings underscore the importance of introducing complexity issues into science education. Not only are all the grand health and environmental challenges of our times highly complex, but there is also evidence that introducing complexity into science education may support many students’ motivation to learn science and change practice in science classrooms. Truly appreciating the role of complexity in Science|Environment|Health pedagogy is likely to raise future citizens who understand the delicate relation between predictability and adaption and to empower them for wise decisions about societal and personal well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridging research and practice in science education : Selected papers from the ESERA 2017 Conference
EditorsEilish McLoughlin, Odilla E. Finlayson, Sibel Erduran, Peter E. Childs
Number of pages18
PublisherSpringer Nature
Publication date09.2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-17218-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-17219-0
Publication statusPublished - 09.2019
Event12th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) - Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 21.08.201725.08.2017
Conference number: 12

    Research areas

  • Health education, Environmental education, Science education, Complex systems, Socio-scientific issues

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