Science Education, Career Aspirations and Minority Ethnic Students

  • Billy Wong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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    Pages 1-16
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    Pages 83-106
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    Pages 107-131
  5. Billy Wong
    Pages 151-163
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 164-195

About this book


Science is central to our everyday life. Yet, the study of advanced science is often stratified by 'race' or ethnicity. This book draws across science education literature and sociology of education theories. It investigates how social identities of 'race' and ethnicity, social class and gender can shape minority ethnic students' views of, and aspirations toward, science through exploring the experiences of British Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Indian and Pakistani young people. Is science for 'people like us'? This book engages with and extends our current conceptual thinking around aspiration, capital and identity, in the context of science. For instance, a distinction is made between careers in and from science as well as the educational discourses of 'being the best' and 'trying my best'. It contributes to ongoing discussions around 'science identity' and the emerging idea of 'science capital' along with the development of five 'types' of science participation.


race people of colour ethnicity science career science capital science identity science participation British Black Caribbean British Bangladeshi British Chinese British Indian British Pakistani education identity science education

Authors and affiliations

  • Billy Wong
    • 1
  1. 1.University of RoehamptonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-70989-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53398-2
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