Surveys on public perception and scientific culture are regularly performed in many countries. This information is becoming more useful for the strategic decision-making process and promoting social participation and democratizing science and technology. Latin American countries are also doing a germinal effort to construct this type of indicators. This paper exhibits results of the first national survey in Argentina (SECYT, 2003), taking into account the experience accumulated by the methodological survey performed by RICYT and OEI in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Spain. These indicators are important but it is still necessary to work on their conceptual dimensions and normalization.

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Measuring public perception of science in Ibero America
The Ricyt/Oei's study and Argentina's national survey

Leonardo Vaccarezza   Grupo REDES

Carmelo Polino   Centro de Estudios sobre Ciencia

María Eugenia Fazio   Centro de Estudios sobre Ciencia

Surveys on public perception and scientific culture are regularly performed in many countries. This information is becoming more useful for the strategic decision-making process and promoting social participation and democratizing science and technology. Latin American countries are also doing a germinal effort to construct this type of indicators. This paper exhibits results of the first national survey in Argentina (SECYT, 2003), taking into account the experience accumulated by the methodological survey performed by RICYT and OEI in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Spain. These indicators are important but it is still necessary to work on their conceptual dimensions and normalization.

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