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THE DETERMINATION OF INFORMATION AND ATTITUDES OF HEALTH INFORMATION TEACHER CANDIDATES ABOUT GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
This study was conducted to determine the knowledge and attitudes of health information teacher candidates about genetically modified organisms. The study was conducted with 90 nurses and nurses in total, 58 women and 32 men, who received formation training in the Faculty of Education of Fırat University, in the fall period 2017-2018. The scanning method was used in the study. The "Genetically Modified Organisms Questionnaire" which consists of 14 questions developed by Demir and Pala (2007) was used as data collection tool. SPSS package program was used to analyze the obtained data. While 73.3% of the participants stated that they heard on television of the term GMO for the first time, 21.1% said that they heard it via internet. The number of participants indicating that GMOs are needed to increase productivity in agriculture is 63.3%. 93.3% of participants stated that GMO could create health problems. 83.3% of participants stated that they read the label of the products in the shopping, 98.8% stated that products with GMOs should be mentioned on the packages and 92.2% stated that they will not take these products if they are mentioned on the package. While all of the candidates stated that they would not consume a product carrying a pig genes, 5.6% stated that they could consume a product carrying a human genes. Among the products to be graded, the genetically modified tomato (1.21) received the most negative score while iron and Beta Carotene rich rice (1.88) had the highest score. In the light of these findings, it was concluded that health information teacher candidates lack information about GMOs and that their view to GMOs products is negative.

Keywords
Health Information Teacher Candidates, Biotechnology, GMO


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