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Title: Socio-scientific controversies and students' conceptions about scientists
Author: Reis, Pedro
Galvão, Cecília
Keywords: Socio-scientific controversies
Students’ conceptions
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: Reis, P. e Galvão, C. (2004). Socio-scientific controversies and students' conceptions about scientists. International Journal of Science Education, 26(13), 1621-1633.
Abstract: This article discusses the results of a mainly qualitative study into possible impacts of recent controversial socioscientific issues on a group of Portuguese secondary school students regarding their conceptions about scientists. The 86 participants: (1) answered a questionnaire with open-ended questions; and (2) wrote a science fiction story involving a group of scientists working on a particular situation of her/his choice. Next, semi-structured interviews were carried out to clarify and discuss the ideas embodied in the stories and mentioned in the questionnaire. All data underwent a process of content analysis. The socio-scientific controversies recently discussed, and the way science and scientists are depicted in the media, seem to have produced some impact on students’ conceptions about scientists. Based on the results obtained, some remarks and educational implications are discussed.
Peer review: yes
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