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Can be the future career choice influenced by high-school students' experience with the biology olympiad?

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    0473135 - BÚ 2017 RIV ES eng C - Konferenční příspěvek (zahraniční konf.)
    Kuťáková, Eliška - Janštová, V.
    Can be the future career choice influenced by high-school students' experience with the biology olympiad?
    ICERI 2015: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. Seville: IATED Academy, 2015 - (Gómez Chova, L.; López Martínez, A.; Candel Torres, I.), s. 6442-6450. Book series, ICERI Proceedings. ISBN 978-84-608-2657-6. ISSN 2340-1095.
    [8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. Seville (ES), 16.11.2015-18.11.2015]
    Institucionální podpora: RVO:67985939
    Klíčová slova: science * programme * impact
    Kód oboru RIV: EF - Botanika

    It is known that high-school students' participation in Science Olympiads influences their attitude towards science and such experience increases their passion for science. However, less is known about how the participation in Science Olympiads influences the future career choice. In this study, we aimed to investigate (i) how participants of Czech Biology Olympiad perceive their experience with this competition, (ii) how this experience changes their attitude towards biology and (iii) if and how it influences their future career choice. To answer these questions, we collected data from 9 past participants of the national round of the Biology Olympiad, using in-depth interviews. We included both students who continued their career in biology and students who did not. In relation to their personal experience with the Biology Olympiad, students highlighted the importance of their scientific progress, insights into research methods, meeting other students with the same interest and contact with academic environment. They often mentioned the contrast between the school biology and biology as presented at the Biology Olympiad. The participation usually deepened their interest in biology or led to higher specialization within the field. Both the students who decided to continue their career in biology and those who did not, stressed the importance of experience with the Biology Olympiad, though in some cases this experience led to the choice of other field of future study. However, the students who did not continue with biology career usually applied to other scientific field, such as physics or medicine. Our study brings important insights into the process of future career choosing in the case of talented and biology-oriented high-school students and it can have important implications both for biology teaching and organization of other Science Olympiads.
    Trvalý link: http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0270343

     
     
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