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How does background affect attitudes to socioscientific issues in Taiwan?
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (FontD)
2011 (English)In: Public Understanding of Science, ISSN 0963-6625, E-ISSN 1361-6609, Vol. 20, no 6, 722-732 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based upon the goal of scientific literacy and the importance of socioscientific issues (SSIs), the purpose of this study was to investigate the Taiwanese public’s awareness of, inclinations to buy/use, and their attitudes towards three attributes of SSIs including genetically modified food (GM food), organic food, and DDT and malaria (DDT). Data from a total of 865 participants across ten populations (six different educational levels and four different vocations) were validated and analyzed. The results revealed that the awareness regarding GM food and DDT increased with the levels of education. The inclinations to buy/use and the attitudes towards the three SSIs, were not related to levels of education, vocation or gender, but were related to attributes of the SSIs. The implications for education and policy development are discussed.

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Sage , 2011. Vol. 20, no 6, 722-732 p.
Keyword [en]
attitudes, attributes of socioscientific issues, awareness, inclination, scientific literacy
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-60273DOI: 10.1177/0963662509359998ISI: 000296396400001OAI: diva2:355925
Available from: 2010-10-08 Created: 2010-10-08 Last updated: 2011-11-18

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