Source: Journal of Science Teacher Education, Volume 22, Issue 4, p. 313-332. June 2011.
In this study, the authors explore Turkish preservice science teachers’ informal reasoning regarding socioscientific issues and the factors influencing their informal reasoning.
The researchers engaged 39 preservice science teachers in informal reasoning interview and moral decision-making interview protocols.
Of the seven socioscientific issues, three issues were related to gene therapy, another three were related to human cloning, and one was related to global warming.
The characteristic of informal reasoning was determined as multidimensional, and the patterns of informal reasoning emerged as rationalistic, emotive, and intuitive reasoning.
The authors found that the factors influencing informal reasoning were: personal experiences, social considerations, moral-ethical considerations, and technological concerns.