Are Science Teachers 'Scientists'?

After being the only teacher in a room of 'proper scientists', I decided to find out whether teachers are considered part of the scientific community. First we start with a call for help

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  1. For many people, this seems to be a relatively straightforward question
  2. But for others, there is more nuance to it
  3. It seems that this hinges around how you define a 'scientist'
  4. So is that the key: 'Practicing Scientists'? Some well known scientists believe that only those who do research can be called scientists (more on that further down!) But is this practical, literature or pedagogical research?
  5. Others believe being a 'scientist' is a state of mind, backed up with excellent subject knowledge and passion