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Science Teachers’ and Their Students’ Perceptions of Science and Scientists

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dc.contributor.author El Takach, Suzanne
dc.contributor.author Yacoubian, Hagop A.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-26T10:59:48Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-26T10:59:48Z
dc.date.copyright 2020 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2147-611X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/11917
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to explore school science teachers' and their students' perceptions of science and scientists. The participants included 116 in-service middle school chemistry teachers who attended a training program at the Faculty of Education, Lebanese University, and 250 of their students, randomly selected from a larger sample of 2345, enrolled in Grades 7-9 at Lebanese public schools all over Lebanon. Using the Draw-a-scientist-test (DAST), qualitative and quantitative data was collected from the participating teachers and their students. The teachers themselves administered the test to their students. Results showed that the stereotypical image of a scientist being a Caucasian, male, working in a lab, and conducting experiments mainly in chemistry were prevalent. There was absence of contemporary scientists and female scientists among the preferred names of scientists delivered by the students. The participants held positive attitudes towards scientists and many students were usually positive about pursuing careers in science and technology. Compared to their teachers, more students thought that scientists make inventions in the field of technology. Students in lower grades had more diverse images of scientists. The stereotypical images increased among students of higher grades and became more similar to those of their teachers and the authors of the textbooks that they use. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Science Teachers’ and Their Students’ Perceptions of Science and Scientists en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201805186 en_US
dc.author.department Education en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology en_US
dc.journal.volume 8 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 65-75 en_US
dc.keywords Draw-a-scientist-test en_US
dc.keywords Middle school en_US
dc.keywords Nature of science en_US
dc.keywords Student perceptions en_US
dc.keywords Scientist en_US
dc.keywords Teacher perceptions en_US
dc.identifier.ctation El Takach, S., & Yacoubian, H. A. (2020). Science Teachers' and Their Students' Perceptions of Science and Scientists. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, 8(1), 65-75. en_US
dc.author.email hagop.yacoubian@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1240534 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3444-5150 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US


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