Table 2: Scoring guide for the assessment of students’ socioscientific decision making (pre- and posttest).

No.Item descriptionScore
01234

Scale 1: describing socioscientific issues1, 3Sociosocial relation (sustainable and nonsustainable users)No response or describes either the role of nonsustainable or sustainable usersDescribes both social groups but not the relation between the twoDescribes both social groups and their relation
2, 4Socioecological relation (nonsustainable users and resource)No response or describes either the role of nonsustainable users or the resourceDescribes the nonsustainable users and the resource but not the relation between the twoDescribes the nonsustainable users and the resource and their relation

5, 6Developing solutionsNo response Develops a solution on the basis of one solitary aspect (ecological, economical, or one of the social aspects) Develops a solution on the basis of 2–4 solitary aspectsDevelops a solution on the basis of two aspects and their relationDevelops a solution on the basis of two or more relations
Scale 2: developing and evaluating solutions to socioscientific issues7, 8Evaluating solutionsNo responseEvaluates a presented solution by referring to one solitary aspect
(ecological, economical, or one of the social aspects)
Evaluates a presented solution by referring to 2–4 solitary aspectsEvaluates a presented solution by referring to one or more relations between aspects
9, 10Suggesting improvement to solutionsNo responseMakes a sensible suggestion but not on the basis of relevant aspectsMakes a suggestion on the basis of one aspect
(ecological, economical, or one of the social aspects)
Makes a suggestions on the basis of 2-3 solitary aspectsMakes a suggestion on the basis of one or more relations between aspects