Innovative lesson plans in chemistry education for broadening sustainable society

Hiroki Fujii, Haruo Ogawa

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Abstract

Expanding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is one of the big challenges for education in Japan. Science educators are also tackling the link between science education and ESD, and focusing on promoting students’ understanding of key concepts for sustainable development and enhancing their abilities in making appropriate judgments on science, technology, society, and environment (STSE) issues. We developed chemistry lesson models for upper secondary school that reflect the viewpoints of ESD. The lesson topics cover bioenergy like biodiesel, biological resources like chitin and chitosan, and metal resources like iron. After conducting trial lessons for students in both Japan and Korea, we evaluated the lesson with the outlined objective of promoting students’ abilities to make appropriate judgments based on their knowledge of science. The results show that the lessons achieved a measure of success, and also provided an excellent opportunity for the students to consider the possibilities for establishing a sustainable global society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience Education Research and Practice in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and Opportunities
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Pages385-407
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789811008474
ISBN (Print)9789811008450
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Chemistry education
  • Education for sustainable development (ESD)
  • Lesson plan
  • Science, Technology, Society, and environment (STSE)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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