Children and young people form their attitudes towards science in early primary school. These attitudes then have an impact on their attitudes to science in the later stages of their education and adult life (Royal Society 2010).
... perhaps the chief reason for the importance of attitudes lies in their influence on choice about pursuing science and mathematics related studies.
In the context of science and mathematics they [attitudes] are made evident in the liking for, interest in and confidence in learning these subjects, though the attitudes that should be part of conducting science, eg open-mindedness, curiosity, persistence, are equally important.
This research was carried out to evaluate the impact of RSC bursary-funded PSQM on primary science teaching (White, E., Dickerson, C., & Mackintosh, J. 2015. University of Hertfordshire). The research was funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).