publication . Article . 2017

Secondary School Students' Knowledge and Opinions on Astrobiology Topics and Related Social Issues

Raquel Oreiro Rey; Jordi Solbes Matarredona;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2017 Journal: Astrobiology, volume 17, pages 91-99 (issn: 1531-1074, eissn: 1557-8070, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert Inc
  • Country: Spain
Abstract
Astrobiology is the study of the origin of life on Earth and the distribution of life in the Universe. Its multidisciplinary approach, social and philosophical implications, and appeal within the discipline and beyond make astrobiology a uniquely qualified subject for general science education. In this study, student knowledge and opinions on astrobiology topics were investigated. Eighty-nine students in their last year of compulsory education (age 15) completed a written questionnaire that consisted of 10 open questions on the topic of astrobiology. The results indicate that students have significant difficulties understanding the origin of life on Earth, despi...
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free text keywords: Ciència Ensenyament, Educació secundària, Pedagogy, Geography, Social science, Social issues
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