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ERIC Number: ED399148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of the Images of the Scientist for Elementary School Children.
Chiang, Chia-Ling; Guo, Chorng-Jee
The purpose of this study was to explore elementary school children's images of scientists with emphasis on how children define scientists, their idea of the nature of scientists' work, and factors that might influence the formation of their images of scientists. Twenty-eight 5th and 6th grade students were asked to draw pictures and write compositions about scientists and were then interviewed for further details regarding their images of scientists. Results indicate that the students did not differentiate scientists from non-scientists very clearly and placed emphasis on scientists' contributions to the well-being of mankind. In addition, findings suggest that students view scientific research as the absolute truth and scientific experiments as proof or verification. Students' images of scientists were found to be influenced by the media, in particular by scientists' biographies. Contains 12 references. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan