Science capital in primary PGCE students: Factors influencing its development and its impact on science teaching

David Jones, Sally Spicer

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Abstract

Science capital has been seen to influence pupils’ subject choice and attitudes to science. However, as often non-subject specialists, how does a primary teacher’s science capital impact on their attitude to, confidence in and teaching of the subject? This article describes a pilot study research with primary PGCE trainees at two HEIs. The results to date identify science capital differences in gender, but also how their own school science experience remains a big influence on trainees’ attitudes and confidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-15
JournalScience Teacher Education
Issue number85
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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