Understanding Student Participation and Choice in Science and Technology Education: The Contribution of IRIS

Chapter

Abstract

Many of the chapters in this volume provide reviews of the existing research literature. In this chapter we focus on what the research studies presented in this book have contributed to our understanding of students’ educational choices. The nature of these contributions is varied. Many findings corroborate existing research insights, or explore existing perspectives in new educational contexts or across distinct geographical and cultural settings. In some cases our work challenges prevalent accounts of students’ educational choices. This chapter has five themes: theoretical perspectives; choice as a continuous process; the role of identity and social structure; gender; and methodological insights. We end with suggestions for the future development of research into student participation and choice

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Ryder
    • 1
  • Lars Ulriksen
    • 2
  • Maria Vetleseter Bøe
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Department of Science EducationUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen CDenmark
  3. 3.Norwegian Centre for Science EducationOsloNorway

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