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The Nature of Science and Technology Questionnaire (NSTQ) Please read the statements/questions below and circle the

answer that best reflects your opinion (Questions 1-6). There is no right or wrong answer. What you will circle is a matter of your opinion. 1. (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g) (h) (i) 2. (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) 3. (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) 4. (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) 5. (a) (b) Science is: A study of fields such as biology, chemistry and physics. Carrying out experiments to solve problems of interest. A systematic investigative process and the resulting knowledge. Inventing and designing things. Finding and using knowledge to make this world a better place. A body of knowledge that explains the world around us. Exploring the unknown and discovering new things about the world. An organisation of people called scientists who have ideas and techniques for discovering new knowledge. Do not know. In your opinion, what does science aim at: To make sure that what has been discovered about the world is really true. To understand, explain and interpret the continued change in nature and its characteristics. To discover, collect and group facts about nature. To find ways to make peoples lives better. Do not know. Why do you think scientists do scientific research: To make new discoveries. To try out their explanations for why things happen. To make something which will help people. To collect data as much as possible, and to draw out scientific laws from data. Do not know. Which of the following statement about scientific knowledge would match your understanding of scientific knowledge: Scientific knowledge is a well-organised collection of facts. Todays scientific knowledge is based on scientific perspectives, ideas and interpretations from the past. Todays scientists have produced todays scientific knowledge. Scientific knowledge contains only statements that are 100% true. Do not know. A scientific theory is: An idea about what will happen. A most appropriate interpretation and explanation which has been approved by scientists.

(c) (d) 6. (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g) 7. (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g)

A fact which has been proved by many experiments. Do not know. Technology is: The application of science to enhance life. Manufactured artifacts such as appliances, tools and scientific instruments. The hardware, techniques, processes, people associated with items such as tools, appliances and scientific instruments. Inventing, designing, developing and testing things such as appliances, tools and scientific instruments. Very similar to science. The process of manufacturing and the underlying know-how. Do not know. For this set of statements, please circle all the statements with which you agree: Technological innovations and/or development of science bring about environmental problems such as pollution and acid rain. Science and technology often makes our lives healthier, easier, and more comfortable. The prosperity of the nation depends to a greater extent on science and technology. Science and technology rarely do harm to our lives. We cannot solve all the problems which we are facing only by the power of science and technology. Because science, technology and society are independent mutually, they do not affect each other. Science and technology affect society on the one hand, society affects science and technology on the other hand.