The present society characterizes by its globalization and the emergent necessity of a Society of the Knowledge and the Information. This fact, desired or no, has important educative repercussions. Thus, the speed that technology developments take place implies that most of the present teaching staff that make educational workings in any country, has not been able to receive any kind training on the scientific development and technological product of innovation in the last decades. The biotechnology for example.

In the present work the ideas and concepts expressed by a significant number of teachers of all the educative stages are analyzed on the biotechnology in the City of Melilla (Spain). Since the Mass Media appear as the main source of information, we analyze and discuss the differences and similarities between the contents offered on biotechnology written by the Spanish Mass Media (newspapers and specialized magazines) and the teachers ideas about what biotechnology is establishing comparisons between the information contributed by these means and the wrong ideas showed by the teachers.

Some scientific versions of the scientific literacy concept have been based on the degree of scientific knowledge of the public. According to our investigations, we have been able to verify the important influence that Mass Media have in the scientific alphabetization since the knowledge showed by our teachers is similar to the knowledge that the public in general has in comparison to scientific aspects of recent advance.

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It influences of mass media in the concept of biotechnology showed by the teachers of the city of melilla (Spain)

Carmen Enrique Mirón   Department of Inorganic Chemistry. Faculty of Education and Humanidades-Melilla. University of Granada

José M. Cabo Hernández   Department of Science Education. Faculty of Education and Humanidades-Melilla. University of Granada

José Ramón Cortiñas Jurado   C.E.I.P. Eduardo Morillas. Melilla

The present society characterizes by its globalization and the emergent necessity of a Society of the Knowledge and the Information. This fact, desired or no, has important educative repercussions. Thus, the speed that technology developments take place implies that most of the present teaching staff that make educational workings in any country, has not been able to receive any kind training on the scientific development and technological product of innovation in the last decades. The biotechnology for example.

In the present work the ideas and concepts expressed by a significant number of teachers of all the educative stages are analyzed on the biotechnology in the City of Melilla (Spain). Since the Mass Media appear as the main source of information, we analyze and discuss the differences and similarities between the contents offered on biotechnology written by the Spanish Mass Media (newspapers and specialized magazines) and the teachers ideas about what biotechnology is establishing comparisons between the information contributed by these means and the wrong ideas showed by the teachers.

Some scientific versions of the scientific literacy concept have been based on the degree of scientific knowledge of the public. According to our investigations, we have been able to verify the important influence that Mass Media have in the scientific alphabetization since the knowledge showed by our teachers is similar to the knowledge that the public in general has in comparison to scientific aspects of recent advance.

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