ROSE, The Relevance of Science Education, is an international comparative project meant to shed light on affective factors of importance to the learning of science and technology.
Key international research institutions and individuals work jointly on the development of theoretical perspectives, research instruments, data collection and analysis. The target population is students towards the end of secondary school (age 15).
The lack of relevance of the S&T curriculum is probably one of the greatest barriers for good learning as well as for interest in the subject. The outcome of the project will be empirical findings and theoretical perspectives that can provide a base for informed discussions on how to improve curricula and enhance the interest in S&T in a way that
- respects cultural diversity and gender equity
- promotes personal and social relevance
- empowers the learner for democratic participation and citizenship
The key feature of ROSE is to gather and analyse information from the learners about several factors that have a bearing on their attitudes to S&T and their motivation to learn S&T.
Examples are: A variety of S&T-related out-of-school experiences, their interests in learning different S&T topics in different contexts, their prior experiences with and views on school science, their views and attitudes to science and scientists in society, their future hopes, priorities and aspirations, their feeling of empowerment with regards to environmental challenges, etc.
The ROSE project is based on cooperation, and one project aim is to stimulate research cooperation and networking across cultural barriers so that participants can learn from each other. ROSE has, through international deliberations, workshops and piloting among many research partners, developed an instrument that aims to map out attitudinal or affective perspectives on S&T in education and in society as seen by 15 year old learners.
More than 40 countries have taking part in ROSE, and more than 10 PhD students have based their thesis on ROSE data.
In summer 2016 a new round in data collection are planned for the ROSE-project. Researchers from all over the world will meet at The IOSTE-Conference (International Organisation of Science and Technology Education) in Braga, Portugal.