Consequences of family and friends (social network) influences on pupils’ interest in science careers: A Scottish Perspective

Rodrigues, Susan and Jindal-Snape, Divya (2010) Consequences of family and friends (social network) influences on pupils’ interest in science careers: A Scottish Perspective. Journal of Science and Technology Education Research, 1 (1). pp. 10-17. ISSN 2141-6559

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Abstract

The project reported in this article investigated the views of 546 pupils aged 14 - 15 years drawn from 5 schools in one Scottish city. This article reports on the influence of the family and friends element of Bourdieu’s, Coleman’s and Putnam’s social networks and civic norms, on pupils’ views about science careers. Coleman (1988) suggests that social networks and civic norms influence attainment and engagement. Buchmann and Dalton (2000) suggest that social networks and civic norms mediate effects of socio-economic background and ability on aspirations. The pupils completed a questionnaire. Findings illustrate the even though pupils wish to have high earning careers and believe that scientists are high earners, the views of their parents and to a lesser extent, friends influence their attitudes towards pursuing a career in science.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: careers, pupil perception
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2011 11:46
Last Modified: 31 May 2017 14:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1275

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