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A Brief Report on the ROSE Project


Meaning of ROSE:
The project ROSE stands for Relevance Of Science Education. This is an international comparative project
based on the university of Oslo and coming out of the Science and Scientists (SAS) study, finding the factors
affecting relevance of Science and Technology(S&T) in the context of society and make valuable findings in
preparing the platform for upbringing S&T as a convincing active developer of the society for the next
generation. There may be other words for describing the necessity of S&T in society other than relevance like
meaningful, motivating, inspiring, interesting etc. but the word relevance stresses upon the immediate
essential presence of S&T in the best manner in the educational arena to make it really appreciable to the new
ROSE for whom?
ROSE targets the young population centred on the students of ages around 15 who are at the end of their
secondary schools. The students of this age are the most significant portion of learners of S&T upon whom
the future of any society resides. The infusion of scientific reasoning, logical thinking into the mind-set is the
only way to curve out the way of progress through the upcoming intricate socio-economic-political conditions
in the world. In this scenario it is best to sow the seed of ROSE into the fertile minds of these young people
who can then make the best for them out of this situation. Not only that, these are the population who are

many a time confused to understand many subtle but a little difficult things about the laws of science which
quite often dilutes their zeal for understanding the subject and makes them go away from the way of science
which in turn heightens the barrier in the way of diffusion of S&T in the society. So these young minds have
to be researched to bring the wings of S&T above them.
The way ROSE works:
To establish the significance of Science and Technology in all realms of life ROSE has formed a bunch of
questionnaire having closed form questions ranging a wide variety of science and technology topics. The
questionnaires are asked to many pupils of different countries to gather their views about the way school
science is useful to them, their views about the out-of-school science, their attitude towards sciences
protective role for the environment etc. The result after gathering and analysing the information will then help
to form new curricula to enhance the respect and interest for S&T diffusing through cultural barrier, gender
inequity, and to give personal ideas and participation in democratic discussions about S&T relevance.
The status of ROSE in Developing countries like India and Ghana:
According to the data collected from Mumbai, India by ROSE under the supervision of Dir. Sugra Chunawala
of TIFR and from the work of Schreiner and Sjberg and from estimations of Food and Agricultural
Organisation (FAO) it is seen that in these developing countries where about 1.2 billion people live below
poverty line and about 130 million poor children are out-of-school, students still have shown interests to know
S&T in a much greater factor than students in developed, industrialized countries. Also gender difference is a
less crucial parameter here for this interest compared to the developed countries.
Challenges and Expectation:

The studies of the ROSE project has opened the way of new possibilities more prominently in developing
countries where the S&T learning may be deployed in a new dimension. Since the challenges to overcome the
socio-economic-political conditions of these countries are great barriers to this effort, ROSE has to think of
new sustainable curricula in these countries to try to make the S&T education there sufficiently strong to
make the students self-sustainable with the elements of S&T in their hands. As for developed countries ROSE
needs finding the missing links which may get back the students outgoing from the stream of S&T and diffuse
S&T throughout the society. If both of these are possible then ROSE may find out a way to obliterate the
apparent educational mismatches between the developed and developing countries and fill up the global
educational scenario with a continuum of Science and Technology consciousness among the learners.