Students’ And Teachers’ Perspectives On Biotechnology Education: A Review On Publications In Selected Journals
Rashidah Begum Gelamdin, Norlidah Alias, Mohammad Attaran
Department of Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
Abstract: Modern biotechnology has brought a lot of changes in science and technology. As a scientific discipline, modern biotechnology goes hand in hand with cultural, social, and public policy controversies, the development of theories and techniques enables scientists to alter the genetic code of all living organisms practically. Science education is to enhance the scientific and technological literacy in each and every child. Young people need to be informed, not only about the practical applications of biotechnology, but also of the need to appreciate the social and ethical implications so that they can make wise personal choices and contribute to public debate in the future. The present study intends to explore the trend of research conducted on students and the in- service and pre-service teachers. Besides that, the findings of the research will also be discussed in-depth. The articles were analyzed by publication year, journal, and research topic categories. Results for the most and least published research topics can indicate the overall patterns and research trends in this field. The discussion carried out focused on the related articles published in a few journals from the year 2000 until 2012. Some recommendations were also discussed. [Rashidah BG, Norlidah A, Mohammad A.Students’ And Teachers’ Perspectives On Biotechnology Education: A Review On Publications In Selected Journals. Life Sci J 2013;10(1):1210-1221] (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 6
Keywords: Biotechnology, Teachers, Students.