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ERIC Number: EJ901370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
Do We Need More Scientists? A Long-Term View of Patterns of Participation in UK Undergraduate Science Programmes
Smith, Emma
Cambridge Journal of Education, v40 n3 p281-298 Sep 2010
This paper reports the findings from an ESRC funded study which examined patterns of participation in higher education science programmes. Using data on applications and acceptances to university, the paper describes trends in the numbers of candidates who choose to study science and science-related degree programmes in the UK over the last two decades. Two main findings emerge. The first shows that overall the sciences have retained their share of the undergraduate population during a period in which the sector has expanded rapidly. We find no evidence of a "swing" from science. Indeed it is not the case that undergraduates are not studying science, rather, it is the type of science courses they are studying which has changed. The second finding suggests that large and small-scale initiatives to increase recruitment to the sciences have had little lasting impact on the higher education participation data. (Contains 6 tables, 3 figures and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom