Scientists: Geeks and Nerds?by: Thomas E. McDuffie, Jr.

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Teacher’s impressions flavor the classroom and affect students in profound though subtle ways. This article attempts to explore teachers’ impressions or attitudes and reflect on their impact by examining two related questions: How do teachers perceive scientists? How might teacher educators help focus attention on perceptions and their consequences. The first part of the article shares findings about perceptions of a relatively large sample of K–8 preservice and inservice teachers. The second part of the article outlines strategies to heighten teachers’ awareness of perceptions and their consequences.

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  • on Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:44 PM

I thought that this article was thought-provoking in how it went into detail about dispelling stereotypes that teachers have about scientists. It enabled me to realize what I had been experiencing throughout my elementary education, which I will make sure to avoid emulating.

Bridget  (Baltimore, MD)
Bridget (Baltimore, MD)

  • on Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:21 PM

I really enjoyed reading this article because I could reflect on what I thought of science. It blowed my mind away on how my students in the future that I will teach can have an affect on how I view science. The article was also easy to comprehend and read. I feel like I will have to re-read this article in the future as well to remind myself not to make mistakes.

Julie L
Julie L

  • on Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:05 PM

I loved this article, because it made me realize that 15 years after its publication, this issue is still entirely relevant today. Science and STEM are still marketed towards males through our media, even though we have been making strides to change the perception of who scientists are.


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