ERIC Number: EJ925077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
How Are Scientists Portrayed in Children's Science Biographies?
Dagher, Zoubeida R.; Ford, Danielle J.
Science & Education, v14 n3-5 p377-393 Jul 2005
The goal of this study is to analyze the images of science and scientists in science biographies written for children. We examined 12 biographies of historic and contemporary scientists written for primary/middle school children in relation to three dimensions: characteristics of scientists, nature and process of scientific knowledge, and social processes of science. Biographies of historic scientists were characterized by a relative absence of description of how scientists arrived at their knowledge especially in books addressing younger readers. Biographies of contemporary scientists showed richer descriptions of experimental science with limited attention to connections between evidence and theory. Findings reinforce the need for teachers to guide students in their critical reading of biographies and provide additional resources to help them construct a richer understanding of the nature of science.
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Scientific Principles, Biographies, Childrens Literature, Scientists, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Science Instruction, Individual Characteristics, Scientific Concepts, Science and Society, History
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
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