Interactive concept cartoons: exploring an instrument for developing scientific literacy

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A goal of K-12 science education is for learners to develop scientific
literacy. However, realizing this goal is being complicated by the availability of
abundant resources that vary strongly regarding their adherence to the Nature of
Science principles, particularly regarding socio-scientific issues, such as, for
instance, vaccination. It requires dedicated reasoning skills, often referred to as
critical thinking, to assess and value the arguments regarding such issues.
To stimulate critical thinking, we investigate the use of interactive concept
cartoons. Instead of a single cartoon our instrument provides a sequence of
concept cartoons. The cartoons are alternated with a diagram and concepts that
learners have to place in the diagram, leading to a systems’ view on the subject
The instrument has been presented to teachers for expert review and evaluated
in three classrooms (6th grade) of one school (70 learners). In this paper, we
present the interactive concept cartoon instrument and report on the study. The
results indicate that learners are engaged when working with the instrument and
learn relevant knowledge regarding the subject matter and the Nature of Science.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAddressing global challenges and quality education
Subtitle of host publication15th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2020
EditorsCarlos Alario-Hoyos, María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana, Maren Scheffel, Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez, Sebastian Maximilian Dennerlein
ISBN (Electronic)9783030577179
ISBN (Print)9783030577162
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event15th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning - Hidelberg, Germany
Duration: 14 Sept 202018 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12315 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference15th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Abbreviated titleEC-TEL 2020


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