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

Rodrigues, Susan, Tytler, Russell, Darby, Linda, Hubber, Peter, Symington, David and Edwards, Jane 2007, The usefulness of a science degree : the "lost voices" of science trained professionals, International journal of science education, vol. 29, no. 11, pp. 1411-1433, doi: 10.1080/09500690601071909.

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Title The usefulness of a science degree : the "lost voices" of science trained professionals
Author(s) Rodrigues, Susan
Tytler, RussellORCID iD for Tytler, Russell
Darby, LindaORCID iD for Darby, Linda
Hubber, PeterORCID iD for Hubber, Peter
Symington, David
Edwards, Jane
Journal name International journal of science education
Volume number 29
Issue number 11
Start page 1411
End page 1433
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-09-03
ISSN 0950-0693
Keyword(s) science degree
science graduates
Summary 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 one-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 that can be drawn from the data gathered are congruent with those arising from other relevant studies. That is, attention should 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09500690601071909
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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