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Promoting Youth Scientific Career Awareness and it Attractiveness through Multi-stakeholder Co-operation

Objective

This project builds on literature research outcomes and proposes to study the impact of real life related, career-focused stories (referred to as scenarios) as the introduction to the learning of science subjects by secondary school students (ages 13 to 15). Through such an innovative development, initiating motivational and meaningful context- and inquiry-based science studies, the project researches the impact on learning and attitudinal gains, as well as students’ own ideas to enhance the relevance of science studies. The target is to increase students’ future preferences for choosing science studies and their desire to reflect on and pursue science-related careers.
There has been a general educational trend towards context-based approaches and viewing science education as being education through the context of science. Context-based approaches and strategies that actively engage students in the learning process have been shown to result in improvement in students’ attitudes towards science, although the need for students to input their ideas and their indigenous knowledge should be taken into account. However, research has shown that middle grade students were not aware of career options, were not conversant with competences needed and few indicated knowing professionals actively working in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Yet in recruiting graduates, employers have indicated that a range of skills were important and that the most important skills were team working, sector-specific and communication skills.
The intended project outcome is to raise youth awareness of the role of science and technology in society, an awareness of science and technology careers and orientation of students towards gaining positive views towards undertaking science careers. The project is planned as a longitudinal study over 3 years, involving multi-stakeholder co-operation between different stakeholders.

Call for proposal

H2020-SEAC-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-SEAC-2014-1

Coordinator

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO
Net EU contribution
€ 366 250,00
Address
Yliopistonranta 1 E
70211 Kuopio
Finland

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Region
Manner-Suomi Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi Pohjois-Savo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (4)

TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
Net EU contribution
€ 253 750,00
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu

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Region
Eesti Eesti Lõuna-Eesti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 266 250,00
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London

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Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 253 750,00
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Bonn, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Net EU contribution
€ 253 750,00
Address
Avenue Panepistimiou 2109 Aglantzi
1678 Nicosia

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Region
Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00