our research

Let's Talk Science is committed to understanding the impact and outcomes of our work. Over the years we have completed many studies, sharing our findings in different venues, including conferences, peer-reviewed journals, teachers’ magazines and on our website. In this section you will find overviews of our research studies and various articles about our work.

Surveys

Angus Reid Vision Critical survey 2011 - Parent Attitudes toward Science Education

Let's Talk Science and Amgen Canada commissioned a survey of Canadian parents about their belief in the importance of post-secondary science education, scientific study as well as the role of science in their everyday lives. For a summary of the results, click on the link below:

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Angus Reid Vision Critical survey 2010 - Teen Perspectives on Science

Let's Talk Science, with support from Amgen Canada, commissioned a survey about Canadian teen attitudes toward science. For a summary of the survey results, click on the links below:

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Impact study findings

We've done research on the impact of our programs on volunteers and high school students. Click here to see a summary of our findings.

 

Selected Studies & Papers

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 Spotlight on Science Learning - The high cost of dropping science and math.
Let's Talk Science and Amgen Canada, 2013.

Spotlight on Science Learning: The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math is the latest research report from Let's Talk Science, made possible by Amgen Canada. This research reveals that the economic impact of dropping science, technology and math courses in high school is costing Canada much more than anticipated.

Click here to learn more about the Spotlight on Science Learning - The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math.
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spotlight on science learningSpotlight on Science Learning – A benchmark of Canadian talent
Let’s Talk Science and Amgen Canada, 2012.

This 2012 report is a first-of-its-kind look at the key benchmarks of STEM learning, starting in elementary and secondary school, moving on through post-secondary education and going into the workforce.

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21skills-smCompeting in the 21st Century Skills Race
Graham Orpwood, Bonnie Schmidt and Hu Jun, 2012

In international comparisons, Canada’s education system ranks highly in terms of basic literacy, numeracy and high-school completion rates. But our country receives a much lower grade when it comes to participation in post-secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs – fields that have been shown to have a direct impact on innovation, productivity and economic growth. If we fail to address this problem, Canada risks falling further behind in the 21st century skills race.

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healthcare-smDeveloping Talent for Canada’s Healthcare Future
Bonnie Schmidt, 2012.

Who will be face of the health care industry in the coming decades? It’s likely that they are in elementary school now but it’s unclear whether they will leave high school with the science prerequisites needed for employment in the sector.

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