This paper presents the preliminary findings of a national survey of the Australian public about their attitudes, behaviours and values with regard to science and technology. For this study, science and technology were defined and asked about separately in the questionnaire. Respondents’ attitudes, such as their interest in science and technology, trust in information sources and how much they value science and technology research, were explored. Different types of engagement with science and technology through the Internet, traditional mass media and specific activities and events are quantified in terms of respondents’ age, gender and geographical location. This paper also describes the values held by Australians around the contribution of science and technology to economic growth and causing or solving the problems facing society today. One thousand adults (aged 18+ years), representing the Australian population by gender, age and geographic location were surveyed using a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) process in February 2014. This research is part of an Australian government initiative (2010-2014) called‘Inspiring Australia: a national strategy for engagement with the sciences'.

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Measurable and meaningful
A survey of the Australian public about their engagement with science

Suzette Searle   The Austraian National University, Australia

Susan Stocklmayer   The Austraian National University, Australia

This paper presents the preliminary findings of a national survey of the Australian public about their attitudes, behaviours and values with regard to science and technology. For this study, science and technology were defined and asked about separately in the questionnaire. Respondents’ attitudes, such as their interest in science and technology, trust in information sources and how much they value science and technology research, were explored. Different types of engagement with science and technology through the Internet, traditional mass media and specific activities and events are quantified in terms of respondents’ age, gender and geographical location. This paper also describes the values held by Australians around the contribution of science and technology to economic growth and causing or solving the problems facing society today. One thousand adults (aged 18+ years), representing the Australian population by gender, age and geographic location were surveyed using a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) process in February 2014. This research is part of an Australian government initiative (2010-2014) called‘Inspiring Australia: a national strategy for engagement with the sciences'.

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