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Young Digital Makers: The data on attitudes

Back in March we published our ‘Young Digital Makers’ report, surveying the attitudes and opportunities for digital creativity across the UK. A large section of this report analysed the attitudes of young people, parents, carers and teachers towards digital making activities. We are now publishing the data that was gathered as part of this work online for other organisations to explore.

We found that young people and their parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about digital making. 82% of young people said they were interested, with 90% of them associating it with positive words. 89% of parents and carers said they thought digital making was a worthwhile activity, with 74% saying they would specifically encourage the young people in their lives to pursue a related career.

We also asked teachers about their attitudes towards digital making, and about the implementation of the relatively new subject of Computing in schools.

One of the key reasons for undertaking this work was to provide more information for organisations working in digital making to help shape their activity. As digital making grows and spreads across the UK, we wanted to be able to inform decisions on how best to engage young people in this activity.

Therefore, we are publishing here the full data of the results from our surveys with young people, parents, carers and teachers. We hope this will be of use to those organisations wishing to dig down into the data as they shape future development of their activities.

Although these are shared freely, please do note the terms and restrictions within the documents on their appropriate use, and the creative commons licence under which all content on the Nesta website is licensed.

To create the next generation of digital makers we need to take account of the interests and attitudes of young people and the adults who support them. This data has revealed some new angles to take on this, which are analysed in our full report: Young Digital Makers.

We’d love to know how this work has influenced decisions within your organisation. If you have made use of it please let us know, either in the comments on this post, or via email to [email protected].

See also our guest posts on the right from Kat Braybrooke and Dr. Doug Belshaw on where we can go next with digital making.

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Oliver Quinlan

Oliver Quinlan

Oliver Quinlan

Head of Impact and Research, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Oliver was a programme manager for Nesta’s digital education projects. He is now Head of Impact and Research at the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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