Students’ views about the risk of radiation and radioactive materials are based more strongly on everyday information than scientific ideas

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For example, some students see certain medical applications, such as radiotherapy, as inherently dangerous. Or, they may think that a nuclear power station is as dangerous as a nuclear bomb.

Most students follow mass media on a regular basis and the general descriptions of their views show that they are dominated by incoherent bits of information from the media; scientific notions play a small or non-existent part.


  • Millar, R., () School students’ understanding of key ideas about radioactivity and ionizing radiation, Public Understanding of Science 3,


  • Eijkelhof, H. M. C., () Radiation and risk in physics education.

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