Table 1 Level of interest of Brazilian students (2010–2011).

Means of the answers of Brazilian students aged 14 to 16 years old (n = 1803) to the question (top, left), showing their level of interest to study different subjects (1 = not interested/4 = very interested). Blue numbers indicate interest (x > 2.5), contrary to red numbers.

How interested are you in learning about
the following?
Group
DisinterestedInterestedTotal
AverageSDAverageSDAverageSDP value
(Mann-
Whitney test)
A3The inner part of Earth2.121.022.761.002.401.06<0.0005
A15How plants grow and
reproduce
1.870.862.800.912.280.99<0.0005
A16How people, animals,
plants, and the
environment
depend on each
other
2.340.983.120.892.681.02<0.0005
A27Dangerous and
poisonous animals
2.531.003.380.762.901.00<0.0005
A28Poisonous plants in my
area
2.010.993.080.872.481.08<0.0005
E18Medicinal use of plants2.131.023.250.842.621.10<0.0005
E24Animals in my area1.800.823.320.702.461.08<0.0005
E25Plants in my area1.580.643.180.712.281.04<0.0005