September 21, 2017

Drawing the Future – survey and competition

September 21, 2017

The Drawing the Future survey, the first of its kind, asks primary school children aged 7 – 11 to draw a picture of the job they want to do when they grow up. This important national survey aims to find out more about children’s career aspirations and gain a better understanding of the factors that […]

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December 15, 2016

Why some kids are more likely to follow their dreams….

December 15, 2016

By Dr Jennifer DeWitt, Research Fellow at King’s College London What did you want to be when you grew up? What were your aspirations when you were at school? A ballerina? A fire fighter? An astronaut? For most of us, our aspirations are deeply connected with how we see ourselves now and in the future. […]

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August 2, 2016

‘Trend analysis: Gender in STEM education’

August 2, 2016

By Cocky Booy, Noortje Jansen, Gertje Joukes and Esther van Schaik The Netherlands: VHTO (National Expert Organisation on Girls / Women and Science / Technology). Read the report here. This National Expert Organisation on Girls / Women and Science / Technology (VHTO) has gathered evidence on the participation of girls with STEM in the Netherlands. […]

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June 20, 2016

‘ASPIRES 2 Project Spotlight: Year 11 Students’ Views of Careers Education and Work Experience’

June 20, 2016

By Louise Archer and Julie Moote Department of Education and Professional Studies, King’s College London. Download the report here. The ASPIRES 2 project draws on data collected from 13,421 Year 11 students (aged 15-16) collected from 296 state secondary schools and 44 independent secondary schools. The survey explored the young people’s opinions and experiences of […]

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May 20, 2016

‘”Not a university type”: focus group study of social class, ethnic, and sex differences in school pupils’ perceptions about medical school’

May 20, 2016

By Trisha Greenhalgh, Kieran Seyan and Petra Boynton In British Medical Journal. 2004. Article is available here. The authors seek to highlight the views of 14-16 year olds to understand why young people from particular socioeconomic backgrounds are more, or less, likely to apply to study medicine at university. Six schools in London contributed to the […]

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March 17, 2016

‘Business mentoring in schools: does it raise attainment?’

March 17, 2016

Andrew Miller In Education and Training, 41 (2), pp.73-78. 1999. Find the article here. This article summarises the findings of a longer report published by the Department for Education and Employment (Miller, 1998). Find the full report here. Written at a time when a high number of mentoring schemes were aimed at increasing the academic […]

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December 4, 2015

‘Uncertainty in educational and career aspirations: Gender differences in young people’

December 4, 2015

Leslie Morrison Gutman, Ricardo Sabates & Ingrid Schoon. In I. School & J.S. Eccles (eds). 2014. Gender Differences in Aspirations and Attainment: A Life Course Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 161-181. The book is available here. Changes within the global labour market have resulted in more complex and fractured career and education pathways and there […]

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December 1, 2015

‘The challenges facing young women in apprenticeships’

December 1, 2015

Alison Fuller & Lorna Unwin In I. School & J.S. Eccles (eds). 2014. Gender Differences in Aspirations and Attainment: A Life Course Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 182-199. The book is available here. It is recognised that there are stereotypical gender inequalities within UK Apprenticeship schemes. Literature concerning gendered stereotypes within education and training programmes […]

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September 29, 2015

The Relation of Source Credibility and Message Frequency to Program Evaluation and Self-Confidence of Students in a Job Shadowing Program

September 29, 2015

Frank Linnehan In Journal of Vocational Education Research 29:1 (2004) pp.67-81 This study explores the relationship between students and adults in the school and business environment during a US job shadowing programme. In particular, the credibility and message frequency of the adults who were being shadowed were analysed in relation to the perceptions of a […]

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May 27, 2015

Effect of Women Science Career Role Models on Early Adolescents’ Attitudes toward Scientists and Women in Science

May 27, 2015

Walter S Smith and Thomas Owen In Journal of Research in Science Teaching 23:8 (1986) pp.667-676 This research tests the hypothesis that students of both genders encountering female role models of female scientists have more positive attitudes towards women in science overall. The study carried out was aimed at early adolescent students in middle school […]

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