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

Kidman, Gillian (2009) Attitudes and interests towards biotechnology: The mismatch between students and teachers. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology, 5(2), pp. 135-143.

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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.

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ID Code: 28904
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Biotechnology, Attitude, Interest, Biology, Curriculum
ISSN: 1305-8223
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Eurasia Publishing House
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2009 Eurasia Publishing House
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2009 01:51
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:10

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