||The main focus of the project "Youth@Risk: Risk Perception and Young People" is the exploration of risk perception of adolescents in a research process involving young people actively. In an research-education-cooperation students of the secondary school Gymnasium Schlierbach will investigate risk perception together with researchers of the Institute for Pharmaeconomic Research, the Austrian Institute of Ecology and the Institute for Social Ecology. The risks young people perceive will be analyzed in relation to urban/rural differences, scientific knowledge on and media coverage of risks.
The adolescents are learning to apply social sciences methods (e.g. social simulation, questionnaires, media monitoring) in cooperation with the researchers. So, teachers and pupils are getting to know methods, which can be integrated in other school work and activities.
The project will be evaluated by the Institute for Development of Education and School. The results should be embedded in the configuration of long term cooperations between schools and researchers on the one hand, and in the integration of the research-education-cooperation into the mission statement of Gymnasium Schlierbach on the other hand.