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ASPIRES 2: Young people's science and career aspirations, age 10–19

Archer, L; Moote, J; Macleod, E; Francis, B; DeWitt, J; (2020) ASPIRES 2: Young people's science and career aspirations, age 10–19. UCL Institute of Education: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is widely recognised as being highly important for national economic competitiveness, greater upward social mobility and active citizenship. There is a strongly-held belief that our future society and workforce will need more, and more diverse, young people continuing with STEM post-16. Increasing and diversifying participation in STEM is a pressing concern for policy-makers, practitioners and researchers across the globe. Moreover, despite longstanding investments of time and resource in attracting more young people, patterns in STEM participation in post- compulsory schooling remain stubbornly resistant to change. The ASPIRES 2 research sought to generate new understandings of how and why young people come to see science as being ‘for me’, or not, with the goal of informing policy and practice to support increased and more equitable participation in STEM. ASPIRES 2 is a large, national mixed-methods project which investigated young people’s science and career aspirations from ages 14 to 19. The study extended previous research conducted with the same cohort of young people, who took part in the first ASPIRES project at ages 10 to 14. ASPIRES 2 provides an authoritative and valuable source of evidence as to how young people view science (and STEM) and how these views change over time, offering insights into key factors that influence their views and aspirations. In particular, it provides fresh insights into factors shaping young people’s STEM participation and why existing participation patterns are so resistant to change.

Type: Report
Title: ASPIRES 2: Young people's science and career aspirations, age 10–19
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092041
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