Career-related instruction promoting students’ career awareness and interest towards science learning
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CitationSalonen, Anssi. Kärkkäinen, Sirpa. Keinonen, Tuula. (2018). Career-related instruction promoting students’ career awareness and interest towards science learning. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, [Epub ahead of print 20 Jan 2018], 10.1039/C7RP00221A.
The aim of this study was to investigate how the career-related instruction implemented in secondary school chemistry education concerning water issues influence students’ career awareness and interest towards science learning. This case study is part of a larger design-based research of the EU-MultiCO project that focuses on promoting students’ scientific career awareness and attractiveness by introducing them career-based scenarios at the beginning of the instruction unit. The participants in this study were three eight-grade classes with 46 students in total, and 2 science teachers. Data consisted of observations through the intervention and a questionnaire the students answered afterwards. Descriptive statistics of the questionnaire were used together with the content analysis of open questions and observation notes. The results reveal that students acquired knowledge about science, science-related careers and working life skills and they enjoyed studying chemistry and engaged in learning during the intervention. The students recognized the need for professionals and their responsibilities as well as the importance of water-related issues as global and local problems, but the issue was not personally important or valuable for students. The type of career-related instruction discussed in this paper can give guidelines for how to develop teaching to promote students’ science career awareness, trigger students’ interest and engage them in science learning.