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ERIC Number: EJ1100166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1450-104X
Investigating Gifted Middle School Students' Images about Scientists: A Cultural Similarity Perspective
Bayri, N.; Koksal, M. S.; Ertekin, P.
Science Education International, v27 n1 p136-150 2016
The purpose of this study is to investigate gifted middle school students' images about scientists in terms of cultural similarity. Sample of the study is 64 gifted middle school students taking courses from a formal school for gifted students. The data were collected by using Draw-a-scientist (DAST) instrument and was analysed by two researchers using Draw-a-scientist C form. The data involved two different drawings for the scientist from similar culture and the popular scientists respectively, and explanations of the drawings. When looked at the findings from cultural similarity perspective, it was seen that the findings about the drawings changed for the scientists in terms of cultural similarity with the students. They wrote mostly Einstein and Edison for the popular scientists while they gave names of Cahit Arf, Avicenna and Ali Qushji for scientists from similar culture. Also they did draw lab coat and eyeglasses more frequently for the popular scientists than those for scientists from similar culture. As another finding, they drew more number of tools for research of common scientists than those for scientists from similar culture. Finally, they drew messy, noisy, non-sterile places for the scientists from similar culture while they imagined the scientists from similar culture as lazy, ignorant inattentive and clumsy. These findings show importance of cultural similarity perception of gifted students on the scientists when they think about the scientists, this situation asks new questions about culture-dependent scientist images of gifted students to gifted science education researchers using DAST.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 7
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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