Teaching Resources

Numerous resources are available for educators interested in using relevant issues as contexts for science teaching and learning. Here we share links to some of these resources that our team have found helpful.

Practitioner Journal Articles

  • Danielowich, R. M. (2014). Personalizing science: Four Lessons and five strategies for engaging diverse students with socio-scientific issues.
  • Emery, K., Harlow, D., Whitmer, A., & Gaines, S. (2014). Confronting ambiguity in science. Science Teacher. 82(2), 36-41.
  • Klosterman, M. L., & Sadler, T. D. (2008). Information literacy for science education: Evaluating web-based materials for socioscientific issues. Science Scope, 31(7), 18-21.
  • Murakami, C. D., Cite, S., Schaffer, D. L., & Sadler, T. D. (2014). Where does the plastic go? Using socio-scientific issues in the classroom to study plastic pollution in the ocean and the physical properties of plastics. Green Teacher, 102, 27-30.
  • Sadler, T. D., & Klosterman, M. L. (2009). Exploring the socio-political dimensions of global warming. Science Activities, 45(4), 9-12.
  • Owens, D. C., Sadler, T. D., & Zeidler, D. L. (2017). Controversial issues in the science classroom. Phi Delta Kappan99(4), 45-49.


  • Zeidler, D. L., & Kahn, S. (2015). It’s debatable! Using socioscientific issues to develop scientific issues to develop scientific literacy K-12. Washington, DC: NSTA Press.
  • Slesnick, I. (2004). Clones, cats, and chemicals: Thinking scientifically about controversial issues. Washington, DC: NSTA Press.

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