Reports the results of a survey of 3,600 11‐16 year‐olds which explored the relationships between scientific knowledge and beliefs, attitudes towards science and scientists, and involvement, actual or prospective, in scientific activities. Describes the influences which predict whether young people will choose a job in science. Concludes that it is important for policy makers to recognize the role of broader socio‐political attitudes in determining job decisions. Further emphasizes the role of parental support and attitudes in shaping the job decisions of young people.
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