PERSIST_EU (Knowledge, beliefs, Perceptions about Science of European Students) (2018-1-ES01-KA0203-050827) is a project cofinanced by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme, whose main goal is to develop an ICT tool to assess both the initial knowledge of European students when configuring their beliefs and perceptions on different scientific topics and their changes after their participation in the project scientific activities.
The goal is to develop an instrument to assess the quality of science-based training, specifically, focusing specifically on how the student views on certain topics could change after undergoing said training.
To carry out the validation of the ICT tool, training activities will be carried out in which 500 European students will participate, 100 students for each partner university. In addition, the training topics with which we will validate the platform are topics of great social controversy: climate change, vaccines, use of alternative medicines and genetically modified organisms. All the information collected during the 2 years of the project will be summarized in a digital book.
University students are the perfect target group for this project, especially given the transnational nature of the project. University students are used to learning habits, a scientific based environment, usually open to new ideas, learning ICT-based methods and more susceptible to change their views if presented with facts and new evidence.