Teachers' understanding and operationalisation of 'science capital'

King, H., Nomikou, E., Archer, L. and Regan, E., 2015. Teachers' understanding and operationalisation of 'science capital'. International Journal of Science Education, 37 (18), pp. 2987-3014. ISSN 0950-0693

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Across the globe, governments, industry and educationalists are in agreement that more needs to be done to increase and broaden participation in post-16 science. Schools, and teachers, are seen as key in this effort. Previous research has found that engagement with science, inclination to study science, and understanding of the value of science strongly relates to a student’s science capital.

This paper reports on findings from the pilot year of a one-year professional development (PD) programme designed to work with secondary school teachers to build students' science capital. The PD programme introduced teachers to the nature and importance of science capital and thereafter
supported them to develop ways of implementing science capital-building pedagogy in their practice. The data comprises interviews with the participating teachers (n=10), observations of classroom practices, and analyses of the teachers' accounts of their practice. Our findings suggest that teachers found the concept of science capital to be compelling and to resonate with their own intuitive
understandings and experiences. However, the ways in which the concept was operationalised in terms of the implementation of pedagogical practices varied. The difficulties inherent in the operationalisation are examined and recommendations for future work with teachers around the
concept of science capital are developed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Science Education
Creators: King, H., Nomikou, E., Archer, L. and Regan, E.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2015
Volume: 37
Number: 18
ISSN: 0950-0693
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 18 Jan 2016 14:31
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 13:11
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26811

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