ERIC Number: ED418846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Cloning: What Do They Know? A Report on the General Knowledge of a Sample of Midwestern Citizens.
Mascazine, John R.; Titterington, Lynda; Khalaf, Ali K.
This study, part of a larger research project, explored the knowledge of the general population regarding cloning. It also sought to determine where people gather information on cloning. Such awareness of the general public's knowledge of important scientific topics and sources from which people retrieve information can help scientific and educational communities develop strategies that foster scientific literacy among the public. The sample population contained 156 individuals, 76.3% of which were associated with a college or university. Several themes emerged from the study. First, most people realize their knowledge about cloning is limited and inadequate for making informed decisions about it. Second, most people were not able to define cloning completely, especially in words or terms that they were comfortable using. Third, few people were able to relate cloning to all its applications and uses. Fourth, most people were unsure if they used products developed or made from cloning technology. The most frequently reported source of information was television news and magazines; however, in followup interviews, respondents cited libraries and the Internet as resources for the most factual information. Contains 21 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 061 291.