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Which Factors are Important for Students' Science Aspirations?


Michael J Reiss

UCL Institute of Education, London, UK


There is a widespread concern in many countries that relatively few students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, continue to study chemistry and other sciences once it is no longer a requirement for them to do so. More students studying science, including chemistry, is seen as desirable as a means to foster greater quantitative skills, to meet expected demand for more scientists and to address inequalities or differences in the backgrounds of those studying or working in science compared to other areas.


This presentation uses data from a sample of students attending schools that served disadvantaged neighbourhoods; 4780 students in Year 7 (age 11-12 years) and Year 8 (age 12-13) in England were surveyed in 2015. Predictive modelling highlighted that the students’ aspirations to study non-compulsory science in the future, and to study the particular subject of chemistry, were strongly associated with their extrinsic motivation, interest in science and their self-concept beliefs. Some teaching approaches, including making clear the applications of science, engagement in hands-on practical activities and engagement in extra-curricular activities, also had significant, albeit small, effects.


The importance of these findings is that it seems that there is much that classroom science teachers can do to boost these factors, whereas factors such as home circumstances and student gender, both of which are widely reported to correlate with science aspirations, are obviously not under the control of classroom teachers.

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