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Author(s): Maria Joao Fonseca
Patricio Costa
Leonor Lencastre
Fernando Tavares
Title: Disclosing biology teachers' beliefs about biotechnology and biotechnology education
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Teachers have been shown to frequently avoid addressing biotechnology topics. Aiming to understand the extent to which teachers' scarce engagement in biotechnology teaching is influenced by their beliefs and/or by extrinsic constraints, such as practical limitations, this study evaluates biology teachers' beliefs about biotechnology and biotechnology teaching. The findings of a survey administered to 93 secondary school teachers reveal that, in spite of holding positive beliefs about biotechnology, teachers overestimate the obstacles presented at biotechnology teaching, particularly concerning material and resource limitations. Implications of these findings for teacher training program design are discussed.
Subject: Ciências da educação
Educational sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências sociais::Ciências da educação
Social sciences::Educational sciences
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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FPCEUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional

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