ERIC Number: EJ721452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 35
Students' Views and Attitudes Towards the Communication Code Used in Press Articles about Science
Halkia, Krystallia; Mantzouridis, Dimitris
International Journal of Science Education, v27 n12 p1395-1411 Oct 2005
The present research was designed to investigate the reaction of secondary school students to the communication code that the press uses in science articles: it attempts to trace which communication techniques can be of potential use in science education. The sample of the research consists of 351 secondary school students. The research instrument is a questionnaire, which attempts to trace students' preferences regarding newspaper science articles, to explore students' attitudes towards the science articles published in the press and to investigate students' reactions towards four newspaper science articles. These articles deal with different aspects of science and reflect different communication strategies. The results of the research reveal that secondary school students view the communication codes used in press science articles as being more interesting and comprehensible than those of their science textbooks. Predominantly, they do not select science articles that present their data in a scientific way (diagrams and abstract graphs). On the contrary, they do select science articles and passages in them, which use an emotional/"poetic" language with a lot of metaphors and analogies to introduce complex science concepts. It also seems that the narrative elements found in popularized science articles attract students' interest and motivate them towards further reading.
Descriptors: Science Education, Secondary School Students, Student Reaction, Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Journal Articles, Scientific and Technical Information, Communication Strategies, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece