Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Survey Says Canada’s Teens See Science as Not “Cool”

Canada Teens Science

Science is not popular with Canadian teens.

An Angus Reid Vision Critical survey reveals that the cool kids don’t want to study science in college or university.

Despite the quantity and quality of jobs in the science or technical industry, a mere 37% of surveyed teens want to study science at the post-secondary level. Part of the problem is that only 4% of students polled said they see people working in science as “cool.” While 81% said they see science professionals as “intelligent,” and 54% see them as “serious.”

These numbers come despite the fact that 82% of respondents acknowledged that studying science can lead to a profitable career.

“We need to encourage more teens to pursue science and technology learning at high school and post-secondary levels,” said Bonnie Schmidt, president and founder of Let’s Talk Science, a non-profit organization that promotes science learning.

“The reality is that science education opens many more doors for career opportunities than people realize. A basic understanding of science is also needed for everyday life.”

The survey polled 502 Canadian postsecondary students from the ages of 16-18, whose parents are Angus Reid Forum panel members.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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