Attitudes and interests towards biotechnology: The mismatch between students and teachers

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Abstract

Increasing the scientific literacy of Australians has become an educational priority in recent times. The 'Science State - Smart State' initiative of the Queensland Government involves an action plan for improving science education that includes a Science for Life action. A desired outcome is for an increased understanding of the natural world so that responsible decisions concerning our future wellbeing can be made in an age of science and technology. Biotechnology is a technology that is having profound impact on our lives. This paper describes how 15-16 year old students and biology teachers revealed a mismatch in both attitudes and interests towards biotechnology between the students and teachers. The findings are of interest as the teachers are writing biotechnology into their work programs in response to new syllabus documents. The teacher's areas of interest did not match those of the students, possibly resulting in a curriculum the teachers want to teach, but the students do not want to learn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-143
Number of pages9
JournalEurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Australia
  • Biotechnology
  • Interest

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