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The ASPIRES project is longitudinal UK study combining two phase of project – ASPIRES 1 and ASPIRES2. The first ASPIRES study tracked the development of young people's science and career aspirations from age 10-14 (from 2009-2013).
The ASPIRES 1 was a five-year study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Research grant number RES-179-25-0008, as part of the Targeted Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education (TISME), a research programme funded by the ESRC in partnership with the Institute of Physics, Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Association for Science Education (tismescienceandmaths.org).
The study combines quantitative online surveys of a student cohort and repeat (longitudinal) interviews with a selected sub-sample of students and their parents. Survey and interview data were collected at three time points: the end of primary school (age 10/11, Year 6), the second year of secondary school (age 12/13, Year 8) and the third year of secondary school (age 13/14, Year 9). In total, over 19,000 surveys were completed: 9,319 by Year 6 students, 5,634 by Year 8 students and 4,600 by Year 9 students. A sample of 83 students and 65 of their parents were also longitudinally tracked via interviews across this age range (10-14). In addition to researching influences on students’ aspirations, the project also worked
with a small group of London teachers to develop approaches for integrating STEM careers information into Key Stage 3 Science lessons.
ASPIRES 2 is continuing to track young people until age 19, to understand the changing influences of the family, school, careers education and social identities and inequalities on young people's science and career aspirations.
ASPIRES team are: Professor Louise Archer as the principal Investigator, Professor Becky Francis - co-investigator, Dr Jennifer DeWitt - co-investigator, Professor Jonathan Osborne - co-investigator, Dr Julie Moote - Project Research Associate, Lucy Yeomans - Project PhD Studentship, Emily MacLeod - Project Research Officer.