Journal directory listing - Volume 58 (2013) - Journal of Research in Education Sciences【58(3)】September (Special Issue: Research, theory, and practice)

(Special Issue) Influence of Citizens’ Images of Scientists and Museum Visits on the Benefit Perception of Scientific Research
Author: Hsiao-Tsung Huang(Longmu Elementary School,Kaohsiung City), Chun-Yen Tsai(Department of Information Management, Cheng Shiu University),Tai-Chu Huang(Center for General Education, National Sun Yat-sen University)

Vol.&No.:Vol. 58, No. 3
Date:September 2013


Science and technology research addresses various socio-scientific issues. The benefit perception of scientific research (BPSR) is a crucial indicator of scientific literacy. The purpose of this study is to explore the effects of citizens’ images of scientists and museum visits on the BPSR. Participants for this study (2,024 in total) were obtained through a probability-proportional-to-size sampling method and were interviewed using the Civic Scientific Literacy Survey. A quantitative analysis was conducted through hierarchical regression analyses. The results showed that images of scientists and museum visits revealed predictability to the BPSR among Taiwanese citizens. The fewer stereotypes that Taiwanese citizens possess about scientists, the greater is the perceived benefits of scientific research. Those who had visited museums in the past year perceived more benefits from scientific research. When museum visit was used as the moderating variable, it revealed two levels of regression. Among the citizens who had not visited museums in the past year, the effect of images of scientists on their BPSR was strong. By contrast, among people who had visited museums in the past year, the effect of images on their BPSR was weak. The research suggests that science educators emphasize citizen stereotypes of scientists and promotion of the visits to science museums. This may allow citizens to perceive the benefits of scientific research.

Keywords:informal Learning, benefit perception, images of scientists, scientific literacy, museum education

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APA FormatHuang, H.-T., Tsai, C.-Y., & Huang, T.-C. (2013). Influence of Citizens’ Images of Scientists and Museum Visits on the Benefit Perception of Scientific Research. Journal of Research in Education Sciences, 58(3), 1-22. doi:10.6209/JORIES.2013.58(3).01