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ERIC Number: EJ888294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Practical Ways to Assess and Change Students' Perceptions of Scientists
Dyehouse, Melissa; Detwiler, Jillian T.; Li, Jianming; Bandy, Krystal Madden; Bennett, Deborah; Childress, Amy; Harbor, Jon
Science Scope, v33 n9 p45-51 Jul 2010
One exercise that challenges students' stereotypical perception of scientists is the Scientist Match-Up Activity. In this interactive lesson, students are asked to match a person to a profession based on three sets of clues. These clues include a picture, a description of particular skills, and personality traits/accomplishments. A wide array of scientists and nonscientists (actors, sports stars, and less famous professionals such as teachers, journalists, and so on) are included to highlight the similarities among working professionals and to exploit potential misconceptions students have about the perceived traits of scientists. In addition, this lesson informs the teacher about students' knowledge of science and science-related careers and serves as a teaching tool for introducing specialized scientific disciplines. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A