Brazilian Primary and Secondary School Pupils´ Perception of Science and Scientists

Amauri Betini Bartoszeck, Flavio Kulevicz Bartoszeck

APA 6th edition
Bartoszeck, A.B., & Bartoszeck, F.K. (2017). Brazilian Primary and Secondary School Pupils´ Perception of Science and Scientists. European Journal of Educational Research, 6(1), 29-40. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.6.1.29

Bartoszeck A.B., and Bartoszeck F.K. 2017 'Brazilian Primary and Secondary School Pupils´ Perception of Science and Scientists', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 29-40. Available from:

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Bartoszeck, Amauri Betini and Bartoszeck, Flavio Kulevicz . "Brazilian Primary and Secondary School Pupils´ Perception of Science and Scientists". (2017)European Journal of Educational Research 6, no. 1(2017): 29-40. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.6.1.29


Abstract: The purpose of this study is to understand in an exploratory way pupils´ perception of science and the image of scientists at primary and secondary school levels. Data was collected by means of a survey questionnaire and a drawing representing pupils´ depiction what scientists do during their working hours. A questionnaire anchored on a Likert scale was filled by 204 primary and 229 secondary school children. Pupils from this sample considered science classes enjoyable, helped to understand issues covered by media, that science is a body of knowledge whose goal is to make life more comfortable to people. A total of 433 drawings were collected at 3 urban and 1 rural schools. Drawings illustrated scientists in scientific activity, mainly working alone, wearing lab coat and eyeglasses. Scientific specialization included chemists, biologists and a few technologist and astronomers. Educational implications are discussed.

Keywords: Scientist image, science, questionnaire, drawings, pupils.


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