KNOWLEDGE LEVELS AND ATTITUDES OF SCIENCE TEACHERS FOR GMO FOOD

Abstract

Author(s): Kevser ARSLAN, Asl? G├ľRG├ťL├ť ARI

Sociological issues are subjects that are expected to be discussed and understood by students. The subject of genetically modified organism foods, which is one of the sociological issues and included in the science curriculum, is still a subject that is still being discussed today. The responsibility of transferring this subject, which is included in the content of the science education curriculum, to the students falls to the science teachers. Therefore, it is important to determine the science teachers' level of knowledge and attitudes about genetically modified organism foods. Accordingly, the purpose of this study is to determine the knowledge levels and attitudes of science teachers regarding genetically modified organism foods. Based on this aim, a total of 30 science teachers working in private and public schools in Istanbul were formed the working group. Criteria sampling type, which is one of the purposeful sampling methods, was used to determine the study group. The research was carried out using the instant scanning model. In the study, it was prepared as a data collection tool in relation to genetically modified organism foods; Genetically Modified Organized Foods Knowledge Test and Genetically Modified Organized Foods Attitude Scale were used. The data obtained in line with the answers given by science teachers to the knowledge test and attitude scale were transferred to the SPSS statistical package program, and the frequency and percentage distributions of the data were calculated. In addition, the average test scores of science teachers were determined. As a result of the research, it was determined that science teachers' attitudes towards genetically modified foods were low; it was determined that the knowledge levels were at a medium level.

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