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Studying the science and career aspirations of 10-23 year olds.


ASPIRES 2 moves to the UCL Institute of Education

By qtnvacl, on 1 March 2017

Following the appointment of ASPIRES 2 director, Professor Louise Archer, to the Karl Mannheim Chair of Sociology of Education based in the Department of Education, Practice and Society at the UCL Institute of Education, the ASPIRES 2 project will be moving from King’s College London from 1st March.

Our longitudinal study, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, began with the ASPIRES project in 2009 at King’s College London’s School of Education, Communication (formerly the Department of Education and Professional Studies). Since 2009 our study into young people’s STEM and career aspirations has enabled us to track our cohort from primary, through secondary school and now, in our final round of data collection, at further education.

In the project’s eight years ASPIRES and ASPIRES 2 researchers have:

  • tracked students’ aspirations from age 10 to age 18
  • surveyed over 37,000 students
  • conducted regular interviews with over 90 students
  • spoken regularly with over 80 parents
  • analysed over 600 hours of transcribed qualitative interviews
  • visited schools across the country

Throughout the move our final round of fieldwork is ongoing, so look out for our emerging findings in the coming months.

We look forward to continuing our research at the IOE.


The ASPIRES 2 Team

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