This the second phase of a ten-year longitudinal research project out of the UK studying young people’s science and career aspirations. ASPIRES 2 will extend the unique dataset developed by the first ASPIRES study, which tracked the development of young people’s science and career aspirations from age 10-14 (from 2009-2013). For further details, please see the ASPIRES report. ASPIRES 2 is continuing this tracking over the crucial next five years of the young people’s lives, to understand the changing influences of the family, school, careers education and social identities and inequalities on young people’s science and career aspirations and, crucially, relate these to their actual subject choices and attainment in national examinations in Year 11 (GCSE) and their post-16 choices.
A new book by Harvard researcher Michael S Teitelbaum suggests that the US is not falling behind in the production of STEM graduates. In Falling Behind? Boom, Bust & the Global Race for Scientific Talent Teitelbaum says that notions of a shortage in STEM grads are “inconsistent with all available evidence” and may be biased by the influence of technology industry lobbyists who are interested in expanding the H1-B guest worker visa program. He goes on to argue that the narrative of STEM scarcity is nothing new, identifying 5 “alarm, boom, and bust” cycles since World War II.
The report explores schools roles in supporting young people to learn about STEM careers and to make better informed decisions. The report is based on a two year project which explored practice in case study schools followed up by a national survey.
This report provides information about projected tertiary degree holders rates in the near future as well as the developing knowledge economy (particularly science and technology sectors)