UK School Students’ Attitudes Towards Science And Potential Science-Based Careers

Tim Harrison, Emilia White

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This is a review of literature pertaining to UK secondary school students, their uptake of
science at higher levels and their consideration of careers as scientists. As with all countries, the
continued uptake of sufficient numbers of science at all levels is in the UK’s interest.
Unfortunately too many UK secondary students see science as uncreative, and difficult. They do
not recognise its study as important for developing transferrable skills such as technical
competence, numeracy, analytical and problem-solving. Many factors are highly influential in
shaping students’ attitudes towards science and possible science career choice. External factors
include parental and family attitudes to science, the enthusiasm of teachers and teaching quality,
availability of work experience and direct contact with those working in a particular industry.
Internal reasons such as gender, perceived usefulness and relevance to future career aspirations,
ease or difficulty and enjoyment play a role. Also considered in this review, is the impartiality in
relation to careers advice received by students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages11
JournalActa Didactica Napocensia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

Emilia L White was a final year Undergraduate when writing this.


  • science careers, attitudes to science, secondary school, impartial advice


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