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Changing the Image of Scientists among College Students in Israel

1Science education department, Hebrew university of Jerusalem

2Israel Education ministry instruction and curriculum design

3Achava Teacher College

4Educational Department Indiana University Bloomington

American Journal of Educational Research. 2013, Vol. 1 No. 9, 396-405
DOI: 10.12691/education-1-9-8
Copyright © 2013 Science and Education Publishing

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Bar Varda, Pasit Koren, Edna Rubin, Anne Gail Buck. Changing the Image of Scientists among College Students in Israel. American Journal of Educational Research. 2013; 1(9):396-405. doi: 10.12691/education-1-9-8.

Correspondence to: Bar  Varda, Science education department, Hebrew university of Jerusalem. Email:


With this study, we sought to address some deficiencies in the image of scientists held by pre-service teachers in Israel. These include a few concerns for women scientists, as well as a lack of understanding about fieldwork and contemporary scientific equipment. The study was carried out with two groups of pre-service science students, mostly women. It was done through interference: following the web, meeting with experts and constructing leaning materials for pupils by the participants. Research was in the form of one strand research using qualitative methods. During the research, the image of women scientists changed considerably. Pre interference views were: there are no women scientists and physics and astrophysics are not for women. Women scientists were described as torn between family and work. In the post interference stage, a high appreciation for women scientists and their work in all domains was observed, woman scientist were portrayed as relaxed, taking part in team work, doing field work, and using specialized sophisticated equipment.