Pre-service teachers’ perception on radiation and radiation risk

Ian Phil Machete Canlas

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This study investigated the perception of pre-service teachers on radiation and radiation risk exposure. About 200 university students in their second year, taking up Bachelor in Elementary Education took part of this study. It made use of an adopted questionnaire on perception of radiation risk coupled with content-validated researcher-developed questions. Data gathering took place at a time when these students were taking a course in physics in health sciences. Findings from the survey revealed a satisfactory perception of radiation and radiation risk, but individual interviews revealed existing gaps in the knowledge and understanding of these themes. Terminologies, events, and instances that is frequently associated with radiation were also explored. 

This study investigated the perception of pre-service teachers on radiation and radiation risk exposure. About 200 university students in their second year, taking up Bachelor in Elementary Education took part of this study. It made use of an adopted questionnaire on perception of radiation risk coupled with content-validated researcher-developed questions. Data gathering took place at a time when these students were taking a course in physics in health sciences. Findings from the survey revealed a satisfactory perception of radiation and radiation risk, but individual interviews revealed existing gaps in the knowledge and understanding of these themes. Terminologies, events, and instances that is frequently associated with radiation were also explored. 


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radiation, radiation risk, perception, pre-service teachers

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