Yingying Zhou

School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow

Crichton University Campus, Maxwell House Building, Dumfries, DG1 4ZH

Email: 2671379Z@student.gla.ac.uk

Research title: Why do the highest achieving students not choose to take up STEM careers? A mixed method comparison between the UK and China.

Research Summary

The goal of this doctoral project is to investigate the STEM career aspirations of high school high-achieving students by investigating why some of these students do not aspire to STEM careers from the perspective of attitudinal factors. Since the achievement-aspiration patterns of students from different countries vary greatly on international benchmarking tests such as PISA, a comparison between China and the UK will demonstrate how the various patterns are generated. Q-methodology, a traditional method for investigating subjectivity, is used as the overarching methodology to investigate how various attitudinal factors shape students' STEM career aspirations.

Additional Information

I joined the School of Interdisciplinary Studies as PGR in education in October 2021. Before joining the University of Glasgow for my PhD study, I got my Master's degree in education from Tianjin Normal University, in China 2021.