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CANADIAN YOUTH SCIENCE MONITOR

 

CANADIAN YOUTH SCIENCE MONITOR

The Canada Foundation for Innovation and Ipsos Reid present the
first nationwide study of young Canadians attitudes towards science

Ottawa, Ontario – The Canada Foundation for Innovation commissioned Ipsos Reid to
conduct the Canadian Youth Science Monitor, the first nationwide survey on the views of
Canadian youth (aged 12 to 18) towards the sciences. It was inspired by the 2009 Wellcome
Trust Monitor, a study of youth in the United Kingdom. Both studies were designed to
accomplish similar objectives: understanding how young people relate to the sciences, both
in terms of how interested they are in the study of science and how interested they are in
pursuing scientific careers.

Interest in Science
During the survey Canadian youth were asked to rate their level of interest in science. Two in
three Canadian youth (68%) say that they, personally, are either very (28%) or fairly
interested (40%) in science (31% say they are either not very, 22%, or not at all interested, 9%,
in science).

One excerpt:

"Among several extra-curricular activities related to science, young Canadians most often say
they had visited a science museum or science centre in the past 12 months (46%). Over one in
three say they had visited a zoo (37%) or nature reserve (35%). Three in ten say they attended
a science fair (29%), while about one in five say they visited a working laboratory (20%) or
visited a planetarium (18%). Respondents least often say they participated in a science club
(11%). Those who are interested in science are more likely than those who are not interested
to say they have done each of the tested extra-curricular activities related to science at least
once in the past 12 months."

 

Download the study here (PDF)

 

Visit the Canada Foundation for Innovation site here: http://www.innovation.ca/en/news?news_id=233

 

Visit the Ipos Reid site here: http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=4804

 

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