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THE PERCEPTION OF SCIENCE AND THE SCIENTIST ON A SOUTHERN COUNTRY. THE CASE OF CHILE DELTA

Teresa Vernal  

There have been executed several studies on infant perception of science and the scientist in developed countries, both in Europe and in North America. However, there is still a lack of empirical knowledge about this subject in developing countries such as Chile. This experience is intended to address the analysis of the perception of science of the scientist in children between eleven and thirteen years old with academic talent in the Region of Antofagasta, Chile. This area was chosen because is a region with high scientific development in the areas of astronomy, aquaculture, biotechnology and mining, among others. The study was conducted as a follow up as part of a course on science journalism DELTA Program (Developing and Leading Academic Talents) of the Universidad Catolica del Norte (UCN). The tracking mode perceptions helped to confirm changes as the course was developing, i.e. direct contact with scientists changed the perceptions that these children had. Also an approach such as that offered by science journalism produced changes in the perception of science and an appreciation to the scientific potential of the region.

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