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ERIC Number: EJ789539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
College Students' Representations of Science and the Scientist
Bovina, I. B.; Dragul'skaia, L. Iu.
Russian Education and Society, v50 n1 p44-64 Jan 2008
For science to develop, self-reflection is essential. It is of interest to study the image of science and ordinary representations of science, as well as stereotypes and attitudes toward scientists. This aspect of the study of science has been presented extensively in social and psychological studies. In many of these studies a great deal of attention is focused on analyzing the kinds of images and representations about science and the scientist that are prevalent among groups of school students and college students. This study explores the ordinary perceptions of science and scientists held by college students in the natural sciences and the humanities. The sample consisted of students enrolled in a number of faculties at Moscow M.V. Lomonosov State University: in the case of the humanities, the faculties of history, psychology, sociology, philology, philosophy, economics, and law; in the case of the natural sciences, the faculties of biology, mechanics and mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The results of the study show that the content of representations of science and scientists in the two groups of students is similar, but their structure is different. (Contains 4 tables and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Russia (Moscow)