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Commonsense, trust and biotechnology: Moving beyond 'Corngate'

Rosemary Hipkins

This paper advocates for clearer distinctions to be drawn between school science and scientists’ science, particularly with respect to the investigative processes that typify each.

It draws on the findings of a recent survey of public attitudes to science in New Zealand, and on recent international research in science education.

The paper explores the possibility that the images of science that appear to be carried from school into adult life are not helpful for democratic decision making that requires adults of engage with socio-scientifc issues such as genetic engineering.

Recommendations for some changes in science teaching are outlined, and preliminary suggestions for support for teachers from professional scientists are made.

Paper presented at the 8th International Pacific Rim BIotechnology Conference,  Auckland, 17-20 November, 2002.

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