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The story of lead: a context for learning about responsible research and innovation (RRI) in the chemistry classroom

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Responsible research and innovation (RRI) stands at the center of several EU projects and represents a contemporary view of the connection between science and society. The goal of RRI is to create a shared understanding of the appropriate behaviors of governments, business and NGOs which are central to building trust and confidence of the public and other stakeholders in research and innovation. In this paper we describe a 4.5 hour lesson, “The Story of Lead,” which was developed for teaching RRI to high school chemistry students, based on the historical story of lead. The lesson is part of a larger module. The lesson connects the chemistry curriculum, related to the scientific aspects of lead, to the 6 RRI dimensions. We describe the progression of the lesson, provide relevant links and teaching materials, and present responses of teachers, after they tried out the lesson. The RRI dimensions are compared to prior work done in the field of Socioscientific Issues (SSI). Based on this evidence, we suggest that the lesson can be a good introduction to the topic of RRI in chemistry classrooms.

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The article was received on 16 Aug 2016, accepted on 01 Sep 2016 and first published on 01 Sep 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6RP00177G
Citation: Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2016,17, 1145-1155
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    The story of lead: a context for learning about responsible research and innovation (RRI) in the chemistry classroom

    R. Blonder, E. Zemler and S. Rosenfeld, Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2016, 17, 1145
    DOI: 10.1039/C6RP00177G

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