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Science Education, Career Aspirations and Minority Ethnic Students


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Billy Wong
    Pages 1-16
  3. Billy Wong
    Pages 83-106
  4. Billy Wong
    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

  1. 1.University of RoehamptonUK

About the authors

Billy Wong is currently Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Roehampton, UK. He was previously a Research Associate at King's College London, UK, working in the ASPIRES and Enterprising Science projects. He has published in science education and sociology of education journals.

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