Learning to Engage with Science and Technoscientific Issues in a Digital Landscape

Research project
Inactive research
Project size
6 617 000
Project period
2015 - 2018
Project owner
Department of Sociology and Work Science

The Swedish Reseach Council (Vetenskapsrådet)

Short description

The Arrival of Controversy Mapping as a Method for Digital Inquiry in Swedish Upper Secondary Schools.

This project brings controversy mapping as an ‘educational version’ of actor-network theory into the Swedish science classroom. Curricular developments within science education internationally have led to growing classroom engagements with technoscientific and socioscientific issues. Science education has converged on citizenship education as teaching itself has grown more interdisciplinary and ‘issues-based’.

While issues-based science education building on a broadened concept of scientific literacy orients students towards isolating the ‘scientific component’ in controversies and engaging in evidence-based reasoning, controversy mapping teaches greater respect for the complexity of issues by equipping students with digital tools and methods enabling them to both visualize and explore how the science and the politics of issues emerge hand in hand. Therefore, the project highlights the different types of agency and citizenship training that different forms of issues-based education promote and the interdisciplinary tensions that such education poses to conventional disciplinary approaches within science education.


Project leader: Åsa Mäkitalo, Department of Education,
Communication and Learning, Email:

Project members:

Mark Elam, Department of Sociology and Work Science Email:

Anne Solli, Department of Education,
Communication and Learning Email: