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ERIC Number: ED545301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-15
Pages: 194
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-85856-617-7
STEM Strategies: Student Ambassadors and Equality in Higher Education
Gartland, Clare
Trentham Books
More skilled young people are urgently needed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the UK. This book indicates how policy can be developed to encourage young people to consider STEM careers. It challenges widely held assumptions about how role models help raise aspirations and support progression to Higher Education and asks whether role models really do encourage pupils, particularly girls, into STEM careers. The research presented here examined New Labour's widening participation policy of encouraging university student ambassadors to work as role models with younger students and school pupils. The study of STEM student ambassadors working in engineering and medicine at two contrasting universities reveals how ambassadors are positioned by the discourses and activities that surround them. It examines the developing relationships between pupils and ambassadors, the learning engendered in different learning contexts, and the matching of ethnic, classed and gendered identities. The book questions the assumption that university students are role models for school pupils simply by virtue of their gender, ethnic and classed identities and their status as university students. But it also provides valuable insights into how encounters between pupils and university students can effectively support and encourage pupils in STEM subjects. STEM Strategies is essential reading for policy makers and for school, FE and HE practitioners involved in outreach and interested in social justice. It is especially relevant to practitioners working with ambassadors in education and to people in industry working on STEM ambassador programmes and will also interest those who are looking at diversity and access to HE and at identity formation. The multidisciplinary approach developed in the book makes a unique contribution to a developing body of evidence on how best to support the diversification of students in the STEM subject areas. After a foreword by Miriam David, the contents are as follows: (1) Widening participation and the landscape of policy and research; (2) Widening participation and STEM: The cases of engineering and medicine; (3) Student ambassadors and mentoring; (4) Analysing policy and practice: A multi-stranded approach; (5) Meanings of marketing; (6) Learning practices and identities; (7) Social relationships and identities; and (8) Assumptions, practices and potential. Also included are an appendix; references; and an index.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of London, Institute of Education
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom