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Students´ attitudes to science. Some results from the ROSE-project in Sweden.

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Author list: Oscarsson, Magnus

Publication year: 2004


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The ROSE-project tries to trap aspects of the interest in science education through a questionnaire about attitudes to science and technology among 15 year old students. The underlying idea is that the lack of relevance of the science and technology curriculum is one of the greatest barriers for good learning, and for interest in these subjects. There are about 40 countries taking part in ROSE and in Sweden we received data from 29 schools with a total sample of 751 students. Girls, just like the boys, show interest in space and life in other places of the universe. However, girls? most favourable items concerns health, fitness, dreams and occultism. Boys display a keen interest in cosmology, the function of technological advices and what can happen with the human body in different situations. Throughout, girls are more interested than boys and we interpret the result as an effect of the fact that girls are more successful in the read and write school that exists in Sweden today. Many of the items teachers traditionally teach in our science classes, like science fact, are found among items students do not want to learn. Instead students want to learn about things science cannot yet explain and do not have a clear opinion about. With the results from the ROSE project we find clear and distinct proofs that the science curriculum must bee renewed, if we want the rising generation to experience science and technology as being relevant.


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