A Cross-cultural Study of Gifted Students' Scientific, Societal and Moral Questions Concerning Science

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Tirri , K , Tolppanen , S P , Aksela , M K & Kuusisto , E 2012 , ' A Cross-cultural Study of Gifted Students' Scientific, Societal and Moral Questions Concerning Science ' Education Research International , vol 2012 , 673645 . , 10.1155/2012/673645

Title: A Cross-cultural Study of Gifted Students' Scientific, Societal and Moral Questions Concerning Science
Author: Tirri, Kirsi; Tolppanen, Sakari Petteri; Aksela, Maija Katariina; Kuusisto, Elina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry
University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry
University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education
Belongs to series: Education Research International
ISSN: 2090-4002
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. This should be done to increase moral sensitivity and influence the future of humankind.
Peer review status: Peer reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/37357
Date: 2012
Subject: 516 Educational sciences


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