Eighth Grade Students' Knowledge of Key Biotechnology Concepts

Keywords: Biotechnology, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, 8th grade students, Quasi-experimental study, STEM education, Survey

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine whether the students ' understanding of the concepts related to biotechnology in the elementary eighth grade curriculum had anything to do with gender and school differences. The sample of this study, in which the semi-experimental pattern is used, consists of 100 eighth grade students studying at Maltepe secondary school and Uluönder Secondary School in the central districts of Ankara province in the 2018-2019 academic year. The data were collected through the Biotechnology Information Survey prepared by the researcher. The Cronbach alpha reliability coefficient of the data collection tool used was calculated as 0.737 and it was determined by expert opinion that its reliability was sufficient. Two independent samples T-tests were used to analyze the data obtained. The data collection tool was applied to the groups in the form of a final test after the subject was processed. According to the results of the analysis, there was no significant difference between school variables. It was found that there was no significant difference in the understanding of Biotechnology concepts of students in schools located in different regions. In addition, when the student answers obtained from the Biotechnology Information survey were examined, it was revealed that the students had incomplete and incorrect information about biotechnology.

Author Biographies

Burçin Atasoy, Gazi University

Gazi Üniversitesi, Eğitim Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Biyoloji Eğitimi Bölümü

Tuğba Taflı, Selçuk University

Selçuk Üniversitesi, Fen Fakültesi, Biyoloji Bölümü, Konya-Türkiye

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Published
2020-06-25
How to Cite
Atıcı, T., Atasoy, B., Taşar, M. F., & Taflı, T. (2020). Eighth Grade Students’ Knowledge of Key Biotechnology Concepts. Hellenic Journal of STEM Education, 1(1), 33-42. https://doi.org/10.12973/hjstem/011030