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‘Miss… How will I use science in the future?’
Research shows that most young people do find science interesting, what they don’t see is how it relates to them. STEM Learning talked to CPD Lead, Mark Langley, about how increasing students’ Science Capital can make a real difference!
‘Science Capital is based around theories of social capital. The more of it you have, the more likely you are to believe that ‘science is for me’, which can lead to engaging better as well as taking science education further. The key part of this approach is not to change the content of what is being taught (schools are far too time pressured with examinations to deliver additional content), but to tweak how they approach the teaching of what they already do.’
The Enterprising Science project, funded by BP and developed by a team of researchers from University College London, King’s College London and the Science Museum, supported by STEM Learning, has looked at how teachers can develop the science capital of young people, and potentially their families as well.
There are three key things that teachers can do to improve the science capital of young people:
- Broaden what counts as valued science experience in the classroom
- Personalise the content and giving local context where possible
- Develop the dimensions of science capital
How can you make this happen in your classroom?
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