The disenchantment of students in science education and career in science has led to a movement in the academic field in favor of listening to what students have to say about their science classes, their scientific topics of greatest interest and its position against several issues related to science and technology. One of these movements is the project The Relevance of Science Education (ROSE), based at the University of Oslo, and implemented in more than 40 countries. In Brazil, ROSE was first applied in 2007. From the first observations with the ROSE, there was the need to know what are the interests, preferences and attitudes of young people towards science and technology nationwide. Thus, the research described here aimed to implement the ROSE project in Brazil in a nationally representative sample, consolidating the profile of Brazilian youth in relation to science and technology and discuss how the comprehension about the relevance of Scientific knowledge for young people can influence the teaching of science being presented nowadays in schools. The research, which is essentially quantitative, lies within the field of educational assessment and used as tool for data collection a closed questionnaire with 245 items whose answers are expressed in a Likert scale of 4 points. The study sample was drawn through a stratified sampling by 26 states and the Federal District with proportional allocation, having as sampling universe the sample of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in Brazil in 2009. In all, 2365 students participated in the survey, coming from 84 schools located in all Brazilian states. The data reveal that the Brazilian, in general, has great interest in the scientific topics covered in school. Among these, the ones that arouse their interest are those related to the human body. Regarding the position of young people with environmental challenges, we consider that the Brazilians have predictive attitudes of positive environmental behavior. In relation to science school, the young Brazilians consider discipline interesting, although not having preference for it over other disciplines. There is a positive relation to the general subject, both with respect to its importance as to its usefulness. Although they showed interest in science education, both boys and girls have low interest in joining a scientific career. We also observed that young Brazilians have a generally optimistic attitude towards science and technology.

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Opinions, interests and attitudes of young brazilian in face of science
An evaluation in nationwide

Ana Maria Santos Gouw   Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Nelio Bizzo   Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

The disenchantment of students in science education and career in science has led to a movement in the academic field in favor of listening to what students have to say about their science classes, their scientific topics of greatest interest and its position against several issues related to science and technology. One of these movements is the project The Relevance of Science Education (ROSE), based at the University of Oslo, and implemented in more than 40 countries. In Brazil, ROSE was first applied in 2007. From the first observations with the ROSE, there was the need to know what are the interests, preferences and attitudes of young people towards science and technology nationwide. Thus, the research described here aimed to implement the ROSE project in Brazil in a nationally representative sample, consolidating the profile of Brazilian youth in relation to science and technology and discuss how the comprehension about the relevance of Scientific knowledge for young people can influence the teaching of science being presented nowadays in schools. The research, which is essentially quantitative, lies within the field of educational assessment and used as tool for data collection a closed questionnaire with 245 items whose answers are expressed in a Likert scale of 4 points. The study sample was drawn through a stratified sampling by 26 states and the Federal District with proportional allocation, having as sampling universe the sample of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in Brazil in 2009. In all, 2365 students participated in the survey, coming from 84 schools located in all Brazilian states. The data reveal that the Brazilian, in general, has great interest in the scientific topics covered in school. Among these, the ones that arouse their interest are those related to the human body. Regarding the position of young people with environmental challenges, we consider that the Brazilians have predictive attitudes of positive environmental behavior. In relation to science school, the young Brazilians consider discipline interesting, although not having preference for it over other disciplines. There is a positive relation to the general subject, both with respect to its importance as to its usefulness. Although they showed interest in science education, both boys and girls have low interest in joining a scientific career. We also observed that young Brazilians have a generally optimistic attitude towards science and technology.

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