ERIC Number: ED418845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Cloning: What Are Their Attitudes? A Report on the General Attitudes of a Sample of Midwestern Citizens.
Balas, Andrea K.; Hariharan, Joya
This study, part of a larger research project, explored the knowledge and attitudes of the general population regarding cloning. Such awareness of the general public's knowledge of important science topics, attitudes toward such topics, and sources from which people retrieve information can help scientific and educational communities develop strategies that foster higher levels of scientific literacy among the public. The sample population contained 156 individuals, 76.3% of which were associated with a college or university. Twenty-five occupations were represented including teachers and students. Results indicated four themes: (1) attitudes toward cloning were not correlated to gender; (2) occupation and academic association were strongly correlated to attitudes; (3) respondents were concerned about cloning and comments indicate that this pattern may be grounded in a concern about control rather than the need for more research; and (4) respondents who felt that more research was needed had a significantly negative correlation to attitudes toward research on animals, human cells, and bacteria. Likert Scale responses are included in the appendix. Contains 30 references. (PVD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998). For related document, see SE 061 292.