Re-thinking scientific literacy out-of-school: Arguing science issues in a niche Facebook application

  title={Re-thinking scientific literacy out-of-school: Arguing science issues in a niche Facebook application},
  author={Christine Greenhow and T. Gibbins and Melissa M. Menzer},
  journal={Comput. Hum. Behav.},
Scientific literacy can be fostered in informal, out-of-school social media contexts.Young people argued socio-scientific issues in a Facebook (FB) application.Argumentation in FB demonstrated skills seen in formal learning contexts.The article discusses implications for the design of informal online learning. Social network sites (SNSs) like, are the dominant technology-mediated leisure activity among teenagers in different countries, prompting researchers to explore their… Expand

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