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 4, 2016

International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training 2016

August 4, 2016

View the full picture library from the conference here. July 21 and 22 2016 saw the coming together of key thinkers from around the globe for the International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training. The conference, jointly hosted by Education and Employers and the Edge Foundation, aimed to present accessible research to be […]

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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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November 13, 2015

Employer engagement in education: A bibliography

November 13, 2015

Employer engagement in education a bibliography Nov 2015 Employer engagement in education relates to a wide range of related educational and economic approaches. In essence, it describes the process through which a young person engages with members of the economic community, under the auspices of their school or college, with the aim of influencing their […]

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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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January 23, 2014

Third Education and Employers Taskforce Research Conference: Exploring School-to-Work Transitions in International Perspectives

January 23, 2014

Thursday 23rd January 2014, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, London View the conference programme View the complete set of research paper abstracts View presentations, papers and videos Keynote Speeches We were pleased to welcome Professor Alison Wolf and Andreas Schleicher as our keynote speakers. Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills at the OECD […]

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January 14, 2014

“It didn’t really change my opinion”: exploring what works, what doesn’t and why in a school science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers intervention

January 14, 2014

An article by Louise Archer, Jennifer DeWitta & Justin Dillon in Research in Science & Technological Education 32 (1): 35-55 This paper investigates the impact of a pilot intervention programme on girls’ STEM aspirations and knowledge-base of STEM careers. The results of the evaluation suggest that the intervention was not particularly effective at changing STEM […]

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February 14, 2013

“Not girly, not sexy, not glamorous”: primary school girls’ and parents’ constructions of science aspirations

February 14, 2013

Louise Archer et al in Pedagogy, Culture and Society 21:1 (2013) pp.171-194 Archer et al investigate discourses surrounding popular femininity and the importance of social background and social capital in career aspirations and educational or vocational attainment, in relation to science and STEM aspirations. The perception that science is a field for white, middle class […]

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March 21, 2012

School-Industry STEM Links in the UK

March 21, 2012

This report written by Dr Anthony Mann with Professor Adrian Oldknow and commissioned by Futurelab on behalf of Ingenious – the European Co-ordinating Body for Maths, Science and Technology provides an overview of the character and effectiveness of employer engagement in UK education (relevant to young people within the education system aged 5 to 19) […]

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November 16, 2011

Young People’s Career Aspirations

November 16, 2011

This seminar discussed the useful insights that can be learnt from studying young people’s aspirations. Abstract: Drawing on an ongoing, five year longitudinal study (funded by the ESRC) of young people’s science aspirations from age 10-14, the paper highlighted some of the key factors that influence and shape young people’s aspirations. Examples were drawn from the first […]

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