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Wellcome Trust Monitor 1

Wellcome Trust Monitor 1

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School science is 'cool' again, according to a survey of public attitudes towards medical research funded by the Wellcome Trust.
School science is 'cool' again, according to a survey of public attitudes towards medical research funded by the Wellcome Trust.

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Published by: Wellcome Trust on Mar 12, 2010
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TRACKING PUBLIC VIEWSON MEDICAL RESEARCH
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 1
Wellcome Trust Monitor 
Survey report 
September 2009Sarah Butt, Elizabeth Clery, Varunie
 
Abeywardana and Miranda Phillips
 
 
 2
Contents
Executive summary.................................................................................................................7
 
1
 
Introduction.......................................................................................................................12
 
1.1
 
Background and objectives..............................................................................................................................12
 
1.2
 
Medical research context.................................................................................................................................12
 
1.3
 
Methodology....................................................................................................................................................13
 
Sample......................................................................................................................................................14
 
Questionnaire development.......................................................................................................................14
 
Fieldwork...................................................................................................................................................15
 
Weighting...................................................................................................................................................15
 
1.4
 
The report........................................................................................................................................................16
 
A note on our definition of ‘science’...........................................................................................................16
 
Conventions for reporting data..................................................................................................................17
 
2
 
Exposure to science.........................................................................................................18
 
2.1
 
Summary..........................................................................................................................................................18
 
2.2
 
Introduction......................................................................................................................................................18
 
2.3
 
Adults’ scientific background............................................................................................................................19
 
2.4
 
Young people’s science education..................................................................................................................20
 
Current status............................................................................................................................................20
 
Studying for non-compulsory science qualifications..................................................................................21
 
Science at higher education......................................................................................................................22
 
Interest in science lessons at school.........................................................................................................23
 
2.5
 
Engagement with science in daily lives............................................................................................................24
 
2.6
 
Health and disability.........................................................................................................................................27
 
2.7
 
Consumption of media and information sources..............................................................................................29
 
2.8
 
Related attitudes to science and medical research.........................................................................................31
 
Attitudes to alternative medicines..............................................................................................................31
 
Attitudes to horoscopes.............................................................................................................................34
 
Attitudes to the origins of human life.........................................................................................................35
 
2.9
 
Conclusions.....................................................................................................................................................37
 
Appendix................................................................................................................................................................38
 
Factor analysis tables.............................................................................................................................................38
 
3
 
Public awareness and understanding of science and medical research....................40
 
3.1
 
Summary..........................................................................................................................................................40
 
3.2
 
Introduction......................................................................................................................................................40
 
3.3
 
General understanding of science...................................................................................................................41
 
3.4
 
Understanding of the scientific process...........................................................................................................48
 
3.5
 
Understanding of probability in science...........................................................................................................53
 
3.6
 
Awareness and understanding of medical research........................................................................................55
 
3.7
 
Understanding of key terms in medical research.............................................................................................58
 
3.8
 
Conclusions.....................................................................................................................................................62
 
4
 
Engagement with medical research...............................................................................64
 
4.1
 
Summary..........................................................................................................................................................64
 
4.2
 
Introduction......................................................................................................................................................64
 
4.3
 
Interest in medical research.............................................................................................................................65
 
4.4
 
Broad and specific areas of interest.................................................................................................................68
 
4.5
 
Active engagement with medical research information....................................................................................72
 
Motivations for seeking information...........................................................................................................73
 
Topics on which information sought..........................................................................................................74
 
Methods for finding information.................................................................................................................75
 
Effectiveness of approaches to finding information...................................................................................76
 
4.6
 
Passive receipt of information on medical research........................................................................................77
 
4.7
 
Public engagement with information about medical research..........................................................................80
 
4.8
 
Conclusions.....................................................................................................................................................83
 
Appendix................................................................................................................................................................84
 
5
 
Becoming informed about medical research: the public’s preferences.....................87
 
5.1
 
Summary..........................................................................................................................................................87
 

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