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A qualitative study analyzed images of science and scientists in children's educational science programs on television to determine whether they conveyed the images found in other media. Four episodes of each of four 30-minute, non-animated programs ("Beakman's World" broadcast on CBS, "Bill Nye, The Science Guy" shown on independent stations, "Mr. Wizard's World" which airs on Nickelodeon/MTV, and "Newton's Apple" broadcast nationally on PBS stations) were analyzed. Results indicated that the programs perpetuated the image of science as truth, while providing little evidence for the image of science as magical and mixed evidence for the image of science as dangerous. Results also indicated that the programs perpetuated the image of scientists as omniscient and elite, and they did not promote the image of scientists as evil. Four other images of science and scientists emerged: science as fun, science as part of everyday life, science is for everyone, and scientists as benign. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/RS)

Descriptors: Childrens Television, Content Analysis, Educational Television, Elementary Education, Mass Media Role, Popular Culture, Science Education, Sciences, Scientific Methodology, Scientists, Television Research











Author: Long, Marilee; Steinke, Jocelyn

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12509&id=ED374496







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