Scientific competitions are a suitable way to identify and foster young talents in science. Regarding early support of interested and motivated students, the questions arise which students would be reached by such an enrichment measure, and which personality traits might influence willingness to participate. In the present study, N = 474 young students from the higher track of secondary school were asked for possible reasons for participation in science competitions as well as other possible predictors for willingness to participate. The most important predictors included a strong “competition self-concept”, a previous participation and high intrinsic competence pursuit. The results indicate how to design or enhance science interventions for young students.
Translated title of the contributionScience competitions: How to motivate young students to participate?
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift für Didaktik der Naturwissenschaften
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)141-153
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 16.11.2015
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    Research areas

  • Competitions/out of school learning - Science, Student competitions, Interest, Self-concept

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