MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS’ IMAGES OF SCIENTISTS AFTER A PROJECT CALLED “ARTVIN NATURE AND SCIENCE CAMP”

Sibel Acisli, Hatice Kumandas

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The aim of this study was to investigate middle school students’ images of scientists who participated in a local project called Artvin Nature and Science Camp. This project was supported by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey with 115B089 code. For the purpose of the study, 30 middle school students were selected. Survey method was used. In order to evaluate students’ stereotypic images, “Draw a Scientist Test” was used. The data obtained from this study were analyzed based on percentage and frequency. It was found that girls mostly draw scientists as wearing daily clothes; with well-groomed hair; in laboratory; test tube or beaker around him/her; and portrayed happy, young woman with glasses. In their drawing, boys described scientists as messy hair; in laboratory; test tube or beaker around him/her; and as young man without accessories. Boys also do not specify definite outfit on their images.

 

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