This research was inspired by the project "Shaping Science Education in Just 100 words100 parole per la scienza", an initiative carried out from a science seminar conducted in Italy and published on Nature in 2008. In that project, a group of young people between ages 16 and 18 were challenged to choose 100 words that in their opinion represent crucial factors and concepts that influence trends in science today. Similarly, this research study aimed at collecting the words related to the world of science that are identified by high school teachers and students from the program Pre-Scientific Initiation developed by the Provost’s office for Research from USP (University of São Paulo), Department of Education of the State of São Paulo, CNPq and Santander bank, during the year 2012. From a methodological standpoint, a questionnaire was drafted to students and teachers requesting them to list fifty words about factors and concepts that, in their opinion, influence science today. The data analysis was done following a qualitative and quantitative format, splitting them into two groups - teachers and students - and in two separate moments.

We present the data related to the second moment, where the words of both groups were analyzed based on three categories: a) attributes related to science’s external aspects b) attributes related to science’s internal aspects and c) attributes related to historic and philosophic aspects. For both groups, category B was the most present followed by A, showing quantitative differences between groups of students and teachers. Category C was very little present in both groups.  

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Which words identify science nowadays?

Ewerton Moreno   Faculdade de Educação Universidade de São Paulo

Sivanilde Santos   Faculdade de Educação Universidade de São Paulo

Martha Marandino   Faculdade de Educação Universidade de São Paulo

Myriam Krasilchik   Faculdade de Educação Universidade de São Paulo

Paulo Fraga da Silva   Centro de Educação, Filosofia e Teologia da Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie

This research was inspired by the project "Shaping Science Education in Just 100 words100 parole per la scienza", an initiative carried out from a science seminar conducted in Italy and published on Nature in 2008. In that project, a group of young people between ages 16 and 18 were challenged to choose 100 words that in their opinion represent crucial factors and concepts that influence trends in science today. Similarly, this research study aimed at collecting the words related to the world of science that are identified by high school teachers and students from the program Pre-Scientific Initiation developed by the Provost’s office for Research from USP (University of São Paulo), Department of Education of the State of São Paulo, CNPq and Santander bank, during the year 2012. From a methodological standpoint, a questionnaire was drafted to students and teachers requesting them to list fifty words about factors and concepts that, in their opinion, influence science today. The data analysis was done following a qualitative and quantitative format, splitting them into two groups - teachers and students - and in two separate moments.

We present the data related to the second moment, where the words of both groups were analyzed based on three categories: a) attributes related to science’s external aspects b) attributes related to science’s internal aspects and c) attributes related to historic and philosophic aspects. For both groups, category B was the most present followed by A, showing quantitative differences between groups of students and teachers. Category C was very little present in both groups.  

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