Such conclusions were made by the specialists of the NAFI Analytical Center and the International IT Olympiad “Trajectory of the Future”. They conducted a joint study, which showed that the current generation of schoolchildren is the most active.
Two-thirds (64%) of young Russians aged 14 to 35 have experience of participating in school competitions. Among modern children, 71% have tried their hand at intellectual competitions. But among people aged 31 to 35 who sat at their desks 20 years ago, only 58% participated in the Olympiads.
During the study It revealedthat school Olympiads are much more popular than university ones: 64% of school Olympiads versus 23% of university ones. Modern schoolchildren are much more likely to participate in intellectual competitions than their peers from past generations.
As noted on the website of the NAFI Analytical Center, the dynamics of growth can be traced from one generation of schoolchildren to another: among Russians aged 31-35, 58% participated in Olympiads, among young people aged 18-24 – 68%, among current teenagers aged 14-18 – 71 %. Thus, over 20 years, the proportion of participants in school Olympiads has increased by almost 1.5 times.
If we consider schools, then the Olympiads are very popular among girls – 68% versus 59% among boys. But among students, the situation is reversed: 27% of boys against 20% of girls.
According to the study, approximately the same number of children in cities and villages participate in the Olympiads – 65% and 61%, respectively. At the same time, the rural area leads in the number of those who have never tried their hand at the Olympiad movement: 29% versus 22% in the city.
It turned out that 24% of the respondents had never participated in the Olympiads. At the same time, every third (31%) of those who have never tried their hand at school Olympiads felt insecure in their knowledge. And every fourth (25%) was sure that his level of knowledge was not enough to participate in the Olympiads. And 18% of the respondents admitted that they did not have the time and energy to prepare, and 16% were afraid to lose.
Schoolchildren take part in Olympiads in order to get additional points for entering a university (18%), because of leadership ambitions (18%), because of a competitive spirit (20%), because of personal development (31%) . Also, the decision of students to try their hand at competitions is influenced by teachers (17%), the desire to receive praise from the teacher (15%), prestige (9%) and monetary rewards (8%).
The participants of the study noted that if the winners were guaranteed admission to the university without exams, then a larger number of participants (39%) took part in the Olympiads. 38% of respondents were in favor of good cash prizes, 34% of Russians were in favor of providing a choice of reward.
At the same time, 44% of respondents consider the Olympiad a tool for entering a university or a master’s program than a tool for personal intellectual development. And 36% of respondents are sure that only a naturally gifted person can win the Olympiad, study and training alone is not enough.
As Larisa Semenyuk, project manager of the Olympiad “Trajectory of the Future” explained, the results of the study show the effectiveness of systematic work to popularize the Olympiads. In her opinion, it is important to tell about the success stories of the guys, how the competition affected its participants, what changes they have had in their lives. Semenyuk emphasized that this allows you to attract the attention of other participants and once again confirms that if you wish, everything is possible, “even to find a job in the largest IT companies, being a college or university student.”