INTEREST IN SCIENCE AS THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE STUDIES OR - AWAKEN THE INTEREST, DEVELOP AND STRENGTHEN IT!
Authors: Janis Gedrovics
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When, ten years ago, together with colleagues from Linköping University we, as part of the Visby project in Sweden, analysed the reasons behind students’ motivation to become science teachers, we took it as almost a surprise that for 75% of those students the reason was that they had always been interested in science. The second most popular answer was - I like working with people/ children. Certainly, evaluating those answers from a time distance, it seems – there was nothing to be so surprised about. Interest is and always has been a driving force for human mind and activities. And, from our personal experience, we know how difficult it is to do a boring job. Though, for adults, their sense of duty also plays a certain role.