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SCC2013 - Engaging visitors through scientific discovery

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Presentation from "Engaging visitors through scientific discovery" at the 2013 Science Communication Conference organised by the British Science Association - slides by Ian Simmons, Jennifer DeWitt and Natasha Kirkham

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SCC2013 - Engaging visitors through scientific discovery

  1. 1. ASPIRESAre you science-y??
  2. 2. ASPIRESASPIRES How are student educational and occupationalaspirations formed over time? How are these aspirations influenced by their peers,parents and their experience of school science? How are these aspirations shaped by their gender,class and ethnic identities?RESEARCH QUESTIONS
  3. 3. ASPIRESASPIRES Autumn 2009: Survey 1; 9319 primary schoolpupils (Year 6, age 10), 279 schools Spring-summer 2010: Round 1 interviews; 92Year 6 children, 78 parents; 11 schools Autumn 2011: Survey 2; 5634 Year 8 pupils (age12), 69 schools Spring 2012: Round 2 interviews; 85 pupils (35schools) Winter-spring 2012-13: Round 3 interviews (Year9 students & parents) Jan-May 2013: Survey 3 Year 9 pupilsRESEARCH DESIGN
  4. 4. ASPIRESASPIRESYEAR 6 – YEAR 8 STANDARDISEDMEANSLatent Variable Year 6 Year 8Aspirations in science 13.67 14.28Peer attitudes to science 14.33 13.86Parental attitudes to science 17.98 18.58Self-concept in science 17.99 17.90Attitudes toward schoolscience18.73 18.76Participation in science-related activities14.11 12.53Positive views of scientists 19.47 19.34
  5. 5. ASPIRESASPIRES 74% (Year 6) and 73% (Year 8) agreed (orstrongly agreed) that they learn interestingthings in science lessons 58% (Year 6) and 52% (Year 8) agreed or stronglyagreed that ‘science lessons are exciting’ 68% (Year 6) and 70% (Year 8) felt that studyingscience is useful for getting a good job in thefutureATTITUDES TOWARDS SCHOOLSCIENCE
  6. 6. ASPIRESASPIRES 67% (Year 6) and 69% (Year 8) believed they dowell in science 57% (Year 6) and 54% (Year 8) claimed to learnthings quickly in science lessons 81% (Year 6) and 82% (Year 8) agreed if theystudy hard, they will do well in scienceSELF-CONCEPT IN SCIENCE
  7. 7. ASPIRESASPIRES 40% (Year 6) and 43% (Year 8) were interested instudying more science in the future 28% (Year 6) and 32% (Year 8) claimed theywanted a job that used science 23% (Year 6) and 29% (Year 8) wanted to ‘workin science’ 16% (Year 6) and 15% (Year 8) agreed that theywanted to become a scientistASPIRATIONS IN SCIENCE
  8. 8. ASPIRESASPIRES% AGREEING/STRONGLY AGREEING
  9. 9. ASPIRESASPIRESYEAR 8 ASPIRATIONS
  10. 10. ASPIRESASPIRESYEAR 6 & YEAR 8 MLM – EFFECTSIZESEffect (Variable) Year 6Aspir.Year 8Aspir.Gender -0.13 -0.17Parental attitudes towards science 0.44 0.39Attitudes towards school science 0.53 0.51Self-concept in science 0.20 0.21Participation in science-related activities N/A 0.23
  11. 11. ASPIRESASPIRESFACTORS INFLUENCING SUBJECTCHOICE (Y8)
  12. 12.  Observation Exploration Pattern recognition Experimentation Fine motor control Hand-eye coordination Discussion Teamwork Creativity Planning Mental modelling Hypothesis making 

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