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Title: Choosing Physical Science Courses: The Importance of Cultural and Social Capital in the Enrolment Decisions of High Achieving Students
Contributor(s): Lyons, T (author)
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: This paper reports and discusses findings from a recent study which explored the science enrolment decisions of high achieving, or 'science proficient' secondary level students in Australia (Lyons 2003). The research was prompted by the increasing reluctance of suchstudents to enrol in post-compulsory science courses, particularly in physics and chemistry.The study investigated the influences on students' deliberations about taking a range ofscience courses. However, this report confines itself to decisions about enrolling in thephysical sciences. The paper summarises the students' experiences and conceptions ofschool science, as well as the characteristics of their 'family worlds' found to beinfluential in their decisions¹. The paper discusses the important roles of cultural andsocial capital in these decisions, and concludes that enrolment in physical science courseswas associated with congruence between the students' conceptions of school science, andcharacteristics of their family backgrounds.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Science and Technology Education for a Diverse World: Dilemmas, Needs and Partnerships, p. 369-384
Publisher: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University Press
Place of Publication: Lublin, Poland
ISBN: 8322724977
Field of Research (FOR): 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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