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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<ul><li> 1. ASPIRESAre you science-y??</li></ul> <p> 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. 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 &amp; parents) Jan-May 2013: Survey 3 Year 9 pupilsRESEARCH DESIGN 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. 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. 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. 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. ASPIRESASPIRES% AGREEING/STRONGLY AGREEING 9. ASPIRESASPIRESYEAR 8 ASPIRATIONS 10. ASPIRESASPIRESYEAR 6 &amp; 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. ASPIRESASPIRESFACTORS INFLUENCING SUBJECTCHOICE (Y8) 12. Observation Exploration Pattern recognition Experimentation Fine motor control Hand-eye coordination Discussion Teamwork Creativity Planning Mental modelling Hypothesis making</p>