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ERIC Number: EJ1108693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Do High-School Students' Perceptions of Science Change When Addressed Directly by Researchers?
Simonneaux, Laurence; Albe, Virginie; Ducamp, Christine; Simonneaux, Jean
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v1 n1 p21-40 Nov 2005
The Université des Lycéens (University of High-School Students) was set up in France in order to make scientific knowledge more relevant to students and to combat a growing lack of interest in science among students. The scheme involves a series of lectures to students by scientists, each followed by a debate. The organisers hope that putting students in direct contact with researchers will motivate them and enable them to envisage the nature of science and careers in science in a different way. Each of the three lectures covered by this study focused on a socioscientific issue. In spite of the socio-cultural differences observed, the students have a positive opinion of science, scientists and careers in science. But, in the meanwhile, they believe that scientific research may have negative effects. The lectures had little effect, either on their prior conceptions of science and scientists, nor on their acquisition of knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France
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