A selection of participatory procedures will be employed in the different phases of the project in order to engage relevant players in discussion, to enhance awareness and to favour a change in the attitudes toward science. The project will be implemented through 6 steps of activities. Each phase will provide results - useful per se - to be also the basis for the next step in activities which are:
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1) 8 FOCUS GROUPS
one in each partner's country, to fully understand what factors influence young people's interest and choices in to S&T. The focus groups are to involve school students, teachers and parents and will be carried out by June 2007.
2) 10 IN-DEPHT INTERVIEWS to be carried out in each country with scientists, academics and people working in science and technology-oriented industries, in order to grasp the meaning of their experience in the scientific and technological field (history, studies, employment and carrier) and their opinion on the gender difference in science carriers. The first five in-depth interviews will be carried out over the first half of 2007, the second set over the second half of 2007.
3) participatory workshops employing OPEN SPACE TECHNOLOGY with the objective of putting forward concrete proposals of pilots activities; OSTs will be carried out in November 2007.
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4) the arrangement and analysis of specific “PILOT ACTIVITIES" with the objective of presenting S&T careers more attractively in school and within society.
5) the implementation of an EVALUATION PROCESS through the analysis of the results first achieved in the activities and then finalised in a report including the main highlights in the findings on gender-based differences and clear statements on future actions.
a FINAL CONFERENCE
event, with the participation of institutional stakeholders at European level, to disseminate the results. The Final Conference is to be held in November 2008 in Brussels.
has been produced to illustrate some successful practices implemented in the project to bring young people, especially girls, closer to science careers.
The sections below describe the activities in detail
Focus group in Netherlands
Focus groups are group interviews where participants discuss issues under the supervision of a skilled moderator. The moderator uses a topic guide, which lis
In-depth interviews involve open-ended questions asked by a researcher to an interviewee. Interviewers use a topic guide but do not rely on a structured question set. They will aim at grasping the
The OST technique was first developed to enable the management of large groups of participants working towards a common goal, but has since been adapted to accommodate virtually any number of
Photo: PA in Netherlands
Pilot activities are to test new practices in science communication and science education with young people in high schools, going beyond gender di
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"MIND THE GAPP: working with young people to improve gender equity and participation in science and technology"