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Article Number - 29901E241333


Vol.1(1), pp. 10-18 , April 2010

ISSN: 2141-6559



Full Length Research Paper

Consequences of family and friends (social network) influences on pupils’ interest in science careers: A Scottish perspective


 

Susan Rodrigues* and Divya Jindal-Snape 
 



School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland. 


Email: s.rodrigues@dundee.ac.uk






 Accepted: 13 December 2009  Published: 30 April 2010

Copyright © 2010 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


 

The project reported in this article investigated the views of 546 pupils aged 14 - 15 years drawn from 5  schools in one Scottish city. This article reports on the influence of the family and friends element of Bourdieu’s, Coleman’s and Putnam’s social networks and civic norms, on pupils’ views about science careers. Coleman (1988) suggests that social networks and civic norms influence attainment and engagement. Buchmann and Dalton (2000) suggest that social networks and civic norms mediate effects of socio-economic background and ability on aspirations. The pupils completed a questionnaire.  Findings illustrate the even though pupils wish to have high earning careers and believe that scientists are high earners, the views of their parents and to a lesser extent, friends influence their attitudes towards pursuing a career in science. 
 
Key words: Careers, pupil perception. 


APA (2010). Consequences of family and friends (social network) influences on pupils’ interest in science careers: A Scottish perspective. International Journal of Science and Technology Education Research, 1(1), 10-18.
Chicago   Susan Rodrigues and Divya Jindal-Snape   . "Consequences of family and friends (social network) influences on pupils’ interest in science careers: A Scottish perspective." International Journal of Science and Technology Education Research 1, no. 1 (2010): 10-18.
MLA   Susan Rodrigues and Divya Jindal-Snape   . "Consequences of family and friends (social network) influences on pupils’ interest in science careers: A Scottish perspective." International Journal of Science and Technology Education Research 1.1 (2010): 10-18.
   
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