Children’s view of Scientists in England
Posted on January 21, 2006 Comments (5)
Science ‘not for normal people’, BBC News
Around 70% of the 11-15 year olds questioned said they did not picture scientists as “normal young and attractive men and women”.
For those, like me, that believe our future will be better with more scientists and engineers some of the findings are less than ideal:
Some of the findings were positive:
A related article from BBC News provides another look at the views of students: Science seen under the right conditions by Dr Daniel Glaser.
Another article on the BBC site talks about one way to encourage more student interest in science, Science ‘must teach experiments’. To interest students in learning about science it is important to have them engaged in physical experiments. We also need to continue to show the connection between science and engineering and the students lives. Providing examples of scientists and engineer that the student relate to (and can see as a friend or a future self) would also help.