Turkish elementary school students' images of scientists


Kaya O. N. , Dogan A. , Oecal E.

EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, vol.8, no.32, pp.83-100, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 32
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Title of Journal : EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.83-100

Abstract

Problem Statement: Since 1957 there has been a growing body of research related to how students perceive scientists. Results of these studies show that many students perceive scientists as an old male with eyeglasses, wearing a lab coat, and performing dangerous laboratory experiments. This kind of perception may negatively affect students' understanding of science, their tendency of having a science-related career and becoming a scientist. Students' understanding of how scientific knowledge is constructed and their concepts of nature of science have just been added to the major goals of science and technology education in the last elementary education reform carried out in Turkey. Accordingly, Turkish elementary school students (K-8) first need to have an accurate image of scientists in order to acheive these new educational goals.