publication . Article . 2011

Staying in the science stream: patterns of participation in A‐level science subjects in the UK

Smith, Emma;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2011 Journal: Educational Studies, volume 37, pages 59-71 (issn: 0305-5698, eissn: 1465-3400, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This paper describes patterns of participation and attainment in A‐level physics, chemistry and biology from 1961 to 2009. The A level has long been seen as an important gateway qualification for higher level study, particularly in the sciences. This long‐term overview examines how recruitment to these three subjects has changed in the context of numerous policies and initiatives that seek to retain more young people in the sciences. The results show that recruitment to the pure sciences has stagnated, general trends have hardly varied and the track record of government policy in influencing change is not strong. There is no evidence for increasing achievement g...
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free text keywords: L Education (General), LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools, Education
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