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The usefulness of a science degree: the 'lost voices' of science trained professionals

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Rodrigues, Susan; Tytler, Russell; Symington, David; Edwards, Jane; Darby, Linda; Hubber, Peter

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Abstract This paper reports a study of science graduates who are employed in positions outside their discipline specialisation. The research was designed to uncover the reasons for them choosing to study science at university, the competencies they utilise in their work and their lives, and how these relate to their undergraduate education in science. The study is seen as important in that already about half of science graduates are in such positions and it is argued that there is a need in scientific and technologically based societies to have a greater representation of such people in decision making positions in government and industry. The directions for the science degree which can be drawn from the data gathered are congruent with those arising from other relevant studies. That is, that attention be paid to widely used skills, such as communication and problem solving, and to developing an understanding of science within its social and ethical context. An argument is mounted for considering the way the science degree is presented to potential students and to the general public.
Thesaurusschlagwörter curriculum
Klassifikation Wissenschaftssoziologie, Wissenschaftsforschung, Technikforschung, Techniksoziologie; Bildungswesen tertiärer Bereich
Freie Schlagwörter university
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2007
Seitenangabe S. 1411-1433
Zeitschriftentitel International Journal of Science Education, 29 (2007) 11
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690601071909
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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