Author: José Javier Verdugo-Perona
Author: Joan Josep Solaz-Portolés
Author: Vicente Sanjosé
Year of publication: 2015
Source: Show
Pages: 155-166
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tner.2015.40.2.13
PDF: tner/201502/tner20150213.pdf

Mass media, and especially digital media, have become an important tool of literacy and have increased their use in classrooms for educational purposes. This is of great interest in scientific literacy and Brossard and Shanahan (2006) developed an instrument to evaluate the understanding of scientific terms and basic science concepts. In this quantitative study we analyse the relationship between Spanish digital mass media and scientific literacy in pre-service primary teachers (N = 189). Results showed that these university students have a term knowledge level lower than the one found by Brossard and Shanahan in the USA. On the other hand, conceptual knowledge was not correlated at all to the term frequency in the Spanish digital newspapers considered. The conclusions suggest that participants do not use digital newspapers to improve their science education so a change in students’ use of those digital media from ludic to educational purposes is needed.

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