Our new book, based on the findings of the first phase of our project (ASPIRES), is now out. Understanding Young People’s Science Aspirations  is by ASPIRES and ASPIRES 2 Director Professor Louise Archer, and ASPIRES Research Associate (now ASPIRES 2 co-investigator) Dr. Jennifer DeWitt. The book offers new evidence and understanding about how young people develop their aspirations for education, learning and, ultimately, careers in science. Integrating findings from ASPIRES with a wide ranging review of existing international literature, it brings a distinctive sociological analytic lens to the field of science education.

ASPIRES Book CoverThe book offers an explanation of how some young people do become dedicated to follow science, and what might be done to increase and broaden this population, exploring the need for increased scientific literacy among citizens to enable them to exercise agency and lead a life underpinned by informed decisions about their own health and their environment. Key issues considered include:

  • why we should study young people’s science aspirations
  • the role of families, social class and science capital in career choice
  • the links between ethnicity, gender and science aspirations
  • the implications for research, policy and practice.

To find out more and order a copy visit the publisher’s website.


Website: kcl.ac.uk/aspires

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Email: aspires@kcl.ac.uk