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Slovakian students' knowledge of and attitudes toward biotechnology

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Prokop, Pavol; Lešková, Andrea; Kubiatko, Milan; Diran, Carla

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Abstract This study examined university students' knowledge of and attitudes (N = 378) toward biotechnology in Slovakia, a conservative country where the distribution of genetically engineered products are banned by law. We found a significant positive correlation between attitudes and the level of knowledge; however, although students enrolled in biology courses have better knowledge of biotechnology, their attitudes toward genetic engineering were similar than those of students who do not study biology. Females showed poorer knowledge and lower acceptance of genetically engineered products than did males. Overall, Slovakian students have poor knowledge and numerous misunderstandings about what genetic engineering means, which suggests that science curriculum with respect to this topic should be greatly re-evaluated and teaching strategies should be improved accordingly.
Classification University Education; Technology Assessment
Free Keywords university; biotechnology education; attitudes; biotechnology; Slovakia
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 895-907
Journal International Journal of Science Education, 29 (2007) 7
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690600969830
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)