Louise Rietz

affiliated with the university, PhD student

Research student

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Educational Sciences
  • Didactics


My research focus is students' argumentation in socioscientific issues (SSI). SSI has been put forward to have the potential to place science content into a meaningful and relevant context and also to prepare students for life as citizens in a democratic society. Studies focusing on how students support their claims in socioscientific argumentation (SSA), show that students tend to base their arguments on values rather than knowledge. Students also have difficulties to construct arguments where claims and evidence connects to one another in an adequate way. It is therefore important to support students’ use of evidence-based reasoning. In my study, an intervention was planned and implemented. By making students more aware of expectations surrounding SSA, with regard to both content and structural aspects, their argumentation may improve.

The first part of the study aims to explore upper secondary school students’ written argumentation regarding a socioscientific issue (SSI). Focus lies on how students justify their claims. The second research focus is students’ experience of SSA education in the context of chemistry education.

Recent research outputs

Louise Rietz, 2021 Sep 10, Lund: MediaTryck Lund. 186 p.

Research output: ThesisLicentiate Thesis

Eva Pennegård, Anders Jakobsson, Johan Lind, Eva Davidsson, Cristian Abrahamsson, Charlotte Lagerholm, Mimmi Malm, Karin Ollinen, Louise Rietz & Eva Svensson, 2019 Dec 1, En historiker korsar sitt spår: En vänbok till Roger Johansson om att lära sig av historien och lära ut historia. Blennow, K., Brunnström, P. & Örbring, D. (eds.). Malmö: Malmö University, p. 231-233 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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