NUSTEM Research and Evaluation Activities
Science capital is a really useful concept for helping to shape the conversation about why (or why not) children and young people aspire to careers in STEM. Originally science capital was described, and quantified, using data from children aged 11 years and up.
However, here at NUSTEM we’re working with younger children. The survey tools that the ASPIRES used aren’t suitable for younger children, so we looked at how we could evaluate aspects of science capital using different methods.
The two aspects of science capital that we decided to look most closely at were:
We have published the details of these two research tools so that others can use or adapt them.
A. Padwick, O. Dele-Ajayi, C. Davenport and R. Strachan, “Innovative methods for evaluating the science capital of young children,” 2016 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Erie, PA, USA, 2016, pp. 1-5.
More details about the paper are available in the Northumbria Research Link.