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Measuring interest in STEM studies amongst Canadian youth

Canadian Youth Science Monitor

In order to shed light on the relationship of Canada’s youth to science, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) commissioned survey research amongst Canadian youth to examine scientific literacy, understanding of research, the importance of scientific education, and information needs and trust with regard to science. 


The Canadian Youth Science Monitor was conducted as an online survey among n=2,605 Canadian youth 12 to 18 years of age. 


The research identified a window of opportunity for nurturing an interest in science among 12- to 13-year-olds that is being missed. Efforts to promote interest and engagement in the sciences that take place in the latter years of secondary school education arrive too late; programs that seek to engage middle school students through a compelling, hands-on introduction to science, accompanied by high-quality teaching are likely to meet with greater success.

The report may be accessed here.

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