Climate Change Depicted As Debate in Some California Science Textbooks: Study

Climate Change Depicted As Debate in Some California Science Textbooks: Study

According to a Stanford University study, textbooks in California public schools are misleading students about climate change. These textbooks portrayed climate changes as a point of debate rather than scientific fact.

The study researchers, during their analysis, found that this misrepresentation in the textbooks is leaving negative impact on the minds of youth in the United States.

K.C. Busch, a doctoral candidate in science education at Stanford Graduate School of Education, said, “We found that through language choices, the text portrayed climate change as uncertain along several lines, such as whether climate change was happening, whether humans were causing it and what the effects will be”.

Recently conducted survey has revealed that only 54% of American teens actually believe climate change is taking place. Another 43% of kids believe that climate change is not a result of human activity.

According to the researchers, these false beliefs among kids may be due to misrepresentations of climate change in the textbooks they read.

The researchers, during the study, measured how four sixth-grade science textbooks commonly used in California portray the subject of climate change. After going through the textbooks, they found that as per those textbooks, climate change might be happening and humans may or may not be responsible for it.

The four textbooks analyzed are Focus on Earth Science (Prentice Hall, 2008), Focus on Earth Science (Glencoe-McGraw-Hill, 2007), Focus on Earth Science (CPO Science, 2007) and Earth Science (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2007).

The researcher also found that the need for quick human response to these changes was unclear in the textbooks.

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