In the years of 2010 and 2011 we developed a survey that examined the perceptions of science and technology (S&T) of Brazilian high school students. The study was based on Vygotsky‘s sociocultural theory, which indicates that culture influences perceptions. One of the points analyzed in the survey was the search of students for magazines covering topics related to S&T. The sample was composed of students from capitals and from the countryside (one per region). In each city we interviewed students, from 2 classes in 2 schools, using quantitative (perception questionnaire) and qualitative (focus group) methods. The covered subjects corresponded to themes related to S&T. In this paper, we present the analysis of the question 4 from the questionnaire, in which students should decide on the type of magazine they read most often. Only the percentage of magazine readers, dealing with science and technology, and those who do not have the habit of reading any sort of magazine is shown. Other options were, for instance, life of famous people, sports, etc. Table 1: What sort of magazines do you usually read most often? Midwest Northeast North Southeast South Ecology/Environment/Nature 2,3% 5,0% 5,1% 3,0% 3,6% Scientific Dissemination 2,8% 1,3% 1,9% 6,5% 12,7% None/I don‘t read magazines 14,8% 13,2% 21,0% 12,6% 19,3% By analyzing the data we can highlight that scientific dissemination (SD) magazines have low percentages of reading by students. However, the southern region achieved a higher rate (12.7%) compared to other regions, in other words, this percentage is approximately twice the southeast region, which is more than double from other regions. In this sense, it seems obvious for us the cultural influence of each region in the formation of habits and access to means of dissemination of science. The ecology and environment magazines also had a lower percentage of reading; the north and northeast regions had the highest percentage, but no more than 5.1%. A high rate of students do not read magazines, and the highest percentages are found in the northern and southern regions. Further reading data will be presented in the complete article, through the speech of students during the focus groups. We realize that, even with the wide variety of SD magazines and journals available, including online editions of easy access, read about science is not an act performed often by Brazilian students.

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Do Brazilian students read scientific dissemination magazines?

Raquel Roberta Bertoldo   Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná, Brazil

Marcia Borin da Cunha   Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná, Brazil

Olga Maria Ritter Peres   Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná, Brazil

Angela Camila Pinto Duncke   Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná, Brazil

Marcelo Giordan   Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

In the years of 2010 and 2011 we developed a survey that examined the perceptions of science and technology (S&T) of Brazilian high school students. The study was based on Vygotsky‘s sociocultural theory, which indicates that culture influences perceptions. One of the points analyzed in the survey was the search of students for magazines covering topics related to S&T. The sample was composed of students from capitals and from the countryside (one per region). In each city we interviewed students, from 2 classes in 2 schools, using quantitative (perception questionnaire) and qualitative (focus group) methods. The covered subjects corresponded to themes related to S&T. In this paper, we present the analysis of the question 4 from the questionnaire, in which students should decide on the type of magazine they read most often. Only the percentage of magazine readers, dealing with science and technology, and those who do not have the habit of reading any sort of magazine is shown. Other options were, for instance, life of famous people, sports, etc. Table 1: What sort of magazines do you usually read most often? Midwest Northeast North Southeast South Ecology/Environment/Nature 2,3% 5,0% 5,1% 3,0% 3,6% Scientific Dissemination 2,8% 1,3% 1,9% 6,5% 12,7% None/I don‘t read magazines 14,8% 13,2% 21,0% 12,6% 19,3% By analyzing the data we can highlight that scientific dissemination (SD) magazines have low percentages of reading by students. However, the southern region achieved a higher rate (12.7%) compared to other regions, in other words, this percentage is approximately twice the southeast region, which is more than double from other regions. In this sense, it seems obvious for us the cultural influence of each region in the formation of habits and access to means of dissemination of science. The ecology and environment magazines also had a lower percentage of reading; the north and northeast regions had the highest percentage, but no more than 5.1%. A high rate of students do not read magazines, and the highest percentages are found in the northern and southern regions. Further reading data will be presented in the complete article, through the speech of students during the focus groups. We realize that, even with the wide variety of SD magazines and journals available, including online editions of easy access, read about science is not an act performed often by Brazilian students.

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