How high school students represent the image of scientists in their minds

OKTAY Ö., Eryurt K.

4th World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES), Barcelona, Spain, 2 - 05 February 2012, vol.46, pp.2482-2486 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 46
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.05.507
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.2482-2486
  • Keywords: nature of science, image and views, physicists, high school students, SCIENCE


The purpose of this study is to explore high school students' images toward the physicists. Also, this study investigates whether any changes of these images occur among grade levels. For this aim, "Characteristics of a Physicist" questionnaire (CPQ) was developed by researchers. This questionnaire was completed by 220, 9th and 12th grade high school students. Convenient sampling was drawn from the high schools in Cankaya district of Ankara, Turkey. As a research methodology, quantitative and qualitative analysis were used. Themes and patterns were identified based on students' responses. Suggestions and implications were also discussed. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer review under responsibility of Prof. Dr. Huseyin Uzunboylu