People change opinion
The questionnaires distributed at the end of each of the three initiatives of the project offer several points for discussion: in particular, students have expressed about what the experience in the project has influenced their knowledge, doubt, certainty and interest for scientific issues considered.
It seems that the increased participation has brought with it a renewed interest in science: students have stated almost unanimously that they have acquired more knowledge after participation in the project. If this figure was fairly predictable, what seems particularly relevant is that, to give their views on their effects of participation in the project, most of those interviewed said they had gained more interest in the subject, rather than greater certainty.
|Believe you have acquired:||M||F||Tot||M||F||Tot||M||F||Tot|
|Changed their minds||0,0||5,4||4,4||6,4||3,4||5,1||5,0||7,8||6,3|
Source: Cnr surveys Perception and awareness of science 2002-2005.
“More interest” is, in fact, the option indicated in the highest percentage in all three surveys of the project, but it is mainly the option that has gathered a lot of the girls and during the day relative to space exploration. This finding is particularly relevant because astronomy and space have been shown in the 2005 Eurobarometer (European Commission, 2005) as an area of science, less attractive than the other mentioned, especially by respondents who indicated at the top medicine, followed by the environment and the humanities.
The national survey on the relationship between science and young people (Brandi, Cerbara, Misiti, Valente, 2005) showed less interest in boys and girls in particular, on this theme yet for the benefit of medicine, media, history, economics.