Monthly Archives: August 2019

This year, for the first time ever, more young women than men took science A Level … but it’s not yet time to celebrate

Emily MacLeod On A Level results day earlier this month it was widely reported that girls had overtaken boys in science A Level entries for the first time ever. Female students accounted for 50.3% of all A Level science entries across

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Posted in curriculum & assessment

Inequalities in education and society: the home, the school and the power of reading

This blog is based on Professor Alice Sullivan’s inaugural professorial lecture, presented at the UCL Institute of Education on 18 June 2019 Much of my work concerns the way that advantage and disadvantage are passed down from one generation to

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy

Do people change their political ideology when they lose their job? If anything, they move to the left

Dingeman Wiertz and Toni Rodon. What happens to citizens’ political preferences when they are confronted with economic hardship? This longstanding question has recently attracted renewed attention in the wake of the Great Recession. Nonetheless, many matters remain unresolved. For example, which

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Posted in Employment and skills, Social sciences and social policy

How well-off and healthy were my parents when I was little? Am I a hard-working high flier, or an advantaged one?

Gabriella Melis and Ingrid Schoon. Our research looked at how inequalities amongst families in the 1970s in England have been passed on onto their offspring when they were adults themselves. We call the parent’s generation G1, and the offspring generation,

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Posted in Research matters, Social sciences and social policy

How the trade union approach to learning helps workers overcome maths phobia

Beth Kelly. The more collaborative style of learning led by trade unions in the workplace helps people to become more motivated and confident about learning and using mathemtics. Indeed, my new research shows that even long-held negative feelings towards mathematics can

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Posted in Employment and skills, Further higher and lifelong education
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