Adolescent responses toward a new technology: First associations, information seeking, and affective responses to ecogenomics

M.J.W. Bos, C.M. Koolstra, J.W.J.T. Willems

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Abstract

This paper reports on an exploratory study among adolescents (N = 752) who were introduced to the emerging technology of ecogenomics for the first time. An online survey focused on their associations with the term ecogenomics, their planned information seeking behaviors if they were to acquire information about the new technology, and their first affective responses toward ecogenomics after having read some introductory information about it. Adolescents were found to associate ecogenomics most frequently with economy. Although the Internet was the most popular medium to be used in their planned information seeking behaviors, books and science communication professionals were judged as the most trustworthy information sources. After having read the introductory information about ecogenomics most adolescents reported positive affective responses toward the new technology. © SAGE Publications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-253
Number of pages11
JournalPublic Understanding of Science
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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