THE EVALUATION OF A TOOL FOR DISSEMINATION OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY CONCEPTS IN FORMAL EDUCATION

F.M. Escanhoela, A.C.R. Guerra, F.M. Chiari, M.R.G. Oliveira, L.M. Beltramini

Resumo


Since 2003, the CBME Scientific Dissemination Coordination has
developed a project related to the production and distribution of a scientific
dissemination newspaper, called CBME InFORMAÇÃO, directed to high-school
students and teachers. It is a quarterly publication and shows the concepts and
advances of studies in molecular biology and biotechnology. In order to evaluate
the newspaper, a research was accomplished in 2005. It involved 177 students
from six high schools of São Carlos and region. In addition, opinions of five
science teachers that worked with the newspaper in their classrooms, as well as
eight Biology undergraduates were collected. The teachers received some
questionnaires that had to be answered by them and their students after a specify
activity with the periodical – basically, the activities consisted of three stages:
individual reading of the newspaper; formulation of questions by the teacher and,
finally, group discussion on the chosen theme. The research confirmed the
importance of the use of the periodical as a tool in the formation of critical readers
of facts related to the biotechnology and molecular biology, what should contribute
with the citizenship development in the students. Moreover, it provided a possibility
to reorganize the periodical.

Palavras-chave


molecular biology; formal education; dissemination of biotechnology

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.16923/reb.v5i2.107

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