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ERIC Number: EJ764415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
An Exploration of Attitudes towards Modern Biotechnology: A Study among Dutch Secondary School Students
Klop, Tanja; Severiens, Sabine
International Journal of Science Education, v29 n5 p663-679 Apr 2007
Modern biotechnology will have a large impact on society and requires informed decision-making and critical attitudes toward biotechnology among the public. This study aims to explore these attitudes in secondary education. For this purpose, a questionnaire was constructed according to the general tripartite theory of attitudes. A total of 574 Dutch secondary school students completed the questionnaire. Based on principal component analyses, several distinct and independent cognitive, affective, and behavioural factors were found, demonstrating that attitudes towards biotechnology are a multi-component concept. In a cluster analysis on these factors, we found four interpretable clusters representing different groups of students. The four groups are labelled "confident supporter" (22%), "not sure" (42%), "concerned sceptic" (18%), and "not for me" (17%). These results indicate that there is a diverse appraisal of modern biotechnology among secondary school students. Suggestions for educational interventions are made. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands