Students’ interest in science and technology as a function of science in society: Mediated experience and the public understanding of science
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Young people’s interest in science and technology has long been an object for research. Cultural aspects and informal learning have been identified as important factors to be considered. In this study comparative content analysis is used to compare what secondary students want to learn about in science and technology with the topics covered in international popular science television. Important similarities are identified. The results are discussed from the perspective of media theory in terms of modernity affecting young people’s experience as a result of the popularization of science by communication media. The role of public understanding of science is identified and the importance of difference between science in society and science in school is elaborated on. The work has implications for future research, for interpretation and categorization of the results of such research, and for understanding student’s encounters with school science.
Students’ interest, science, media
Other Natural Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78786OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-78786DiVA: diva2:535829