Shaped as a research-action experience, the GAPP project aims at collecting valuable and reliable data on high school students’ perception of science and technology, with a special emphasis on the role played by the professionals engaged in academic or other science-related careers in different European countries. Furthermore, it aims at testing a series of innovative practical experiences designed to overcome such gender differences. Each phase of the project has specific objectives:
OBJECTIVES OF THE FIRST PHASE
The objective of the first phase, involving focus group discussion and in-depth interviews, is to investigate the idea of science and technology in relation to the gender issue in high school students (aged 14-18), their pre-knowledge, their preconceptions and the gender differences in the way they perceive science and technology-related careers, in order to understand how these differences influence the interest and choices of young people in S&T higher education and career. Parents, teachers, scientists, opinion leaders in science and technology professions will be also involved in this phase. Results will provide a qualitative research instrument to be used in the following phases of the project and will be processed, compared and analysed by the scientific partner for the final report.
A young participant of the Netherlands's Focus Groups
OBJECTIVES OF THE SECOND PHASE
The objective of the second phase in the activities is to experiment practical methods aimed at reducing the gender gap in the choice of studies and related careers, testing new practices in connecting science education and educational guidance to science-related careers. The goal is to be achieved in two steps:
First step: a planning phase will be implemented in order to design activities in a participatory way, sharing the experiences and opinions of as many different players as possible, connecting the school system with the professional one in order to devise integrated solutions for practical activities. The Open Space Technology (OST) workshops will be the activity selected for this purpose
OST in Denmark
: the aim is to compare the proposals gathered by each national group through the OST and choose the most suitable pilot activities
to be tested with school groups in each country. The different national results will be shared by partners in a preparatory international meeting
in order to exchange points of view and compare national approaches.