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ERIC Number: EJ1003013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
Turkish Young Children's Views on Science and Scientists
Ozgelen, Sinan
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v12 n4 p3211-3225 Aut 2012
The purpose of the study was to investigate 3rd grade primary students' views on science and scientists. The sample consisted of 254 3rd grade public school students in Mersin. Primary students were asked to answer three basic questions; 1) What is science? 2) Who does science? 3) How is science done? Primary students were requested to give written answers written, and given a choice if they wanted to draw a picture for these questions. This study is exploratory in nature. The qualitative approach data collection methods were applied. In this study, the analyses of documents were separated in two main parts. First one is written responses for the three questions. The second is students' pictures, which primary students draw on the page. For the analysis of stereotypic features of students' drawings Chambers' DAST (Draw-A-Scientist-Test) score card was used. Results were discussed according to national and international related literature. At the national level 3rd grade students had less stereotype images of scientists than upper classes. At the international level Turkish primary students' perceptions/views of science and scientists are more realistic than other countries. Undoubtedly, these positive perceptions and views affect their attitudes toward science and scientist. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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