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Education Research InternationalVolume 2012 2012, Article ID 673645, 7 pages

Research Article

Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 9, 00014 Helsinki, Finland

The Unit of Chemistry Teacher Education, Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 55, 00014 Helsinki, Finland

Received 24 February 2012; Revised 25 June 2012; Accepted 17 July 2012

Academic Editor: Liam Gearon

Copyright © 2012 Kirsi Tirri et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study investigated the number and nature of gifted female and male students- scientific, societal, and moral questions concerning science. The participants 𝑁=658 of this study were 16–19-year-old international students from 55 countries and two continents, Asia and Europe. They applied to participate in the Millennium Youth Camp held in 2011 in Finland. The students came from scientifically and mathematically oriented schools, and they had shown an interest towards science through competitions, school success, and their own research. The students were asked to formulate questions they would like to get answers to during the camp. The nature and number of the students- questions were analyzed with qualitative and quantitative content analysis. The results showed that the boys asked more scientific questions than the girls, and the girls asked more societal questions than the boys. The students asked less questions about morality than scientific or societal questions. The most common questions about morality were related to pollution and fresh air, environmental problems, and water protection. The results point to the need for teachers to teach socioscientific issues and discuss moral questions related to science.





Author: Kirsi Tirri, Sakari Tolppanen, Maija Aksela, and Elina Kuusisto

Source: https://www.hindawi.com/



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