Monday 5 August 2019

Start Date

5-8-2019 3:30 PM

End Date

5-8-2019 4:30 PM

Subjects

Subject selection (Students), Science education, Student interests, Decision making, Upper secondary years

Abstract

There has been concern expressed by educators, researchers and policymakers that too few students are choosing science in their final years of school. Science study at school has been linked to the supply of a scientifically skilled and literate workforce necessary for Australia’s prosperity into the 21st century. This study breaks new ground in exploring how students choose subjects for their final years of school and applying this to the choice of science. Specific strategies are suggested to encourage students to continue studying science at the time subjects are chosen.

Place of Publication

Melbourne, Australia

Publisher

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

ISBN

9781742865546

Geographic Subject

New South Wales

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Aug 5th, 3:30 PM Aug 5th, 4:30 PM

A model for how students choose or reject subjects at school and what it means for science

There has been concern expressed by educators, researchers and policymakers that too few students are choosing science in their final years of school. Science study at school has been linked to the supply of a scientifically skilled and literate workforce necessary for Australia’s prosperity into the 21st century. This study breaks new ground in exploring how students choose subjects for their final years of school and applying this to the choice of science. Specific strategies are suggested to encourage students to continue studying science at the time subjects are chosen.