NEON innovation series evaluation report

Project report


Lawson, F., Colley, S. and Harvey, D. 2021. NEON innovation series evaluation report. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.12854.16964
AuthorsLawson, F., Colley, S. and Harvey, D.
TypeProject report
Abstract

The research shows that many of the traditional approaches and activities aimed at encouraging the most under-represented students into Higher Education are not working. These challenges are further exacerbated in the STEM Landscape where, by the age of 10, many students are already identifying as “Not STEM”. The challenge for University Widening Participation Teams becomes how to not only re-engage students with STEM but provide opportunities that can also address the attainment gap of under-represented students. With only 9% of white “working class” boys progressing to university, and over 50% of Universities admitting under 5% of students from low participation backgrounds, fundamental change is needed to the nature of Widening Participation work. It is into this landscape that the NEON Innovation Series was created and the Inspiring Minds project discussed in this report describes the innovative work and partnership of the only STEM outreach project to be included in the Series. The Inspiring Minds project was conceived in 2017 at Canterbury Christ Church University through a creative and research partnership between the School and College Engagement (SCE) Team and the LASAR Research Centre in the Faculty of Education. From inception to evaluation the project is research-engaged, based in ground-breaking pedagogy designed to enable students to not only understand their school curriculum but develop a rich and deep understanding of the nature and interactions between science and their other subjects. Understanding the impact of the experiences on students’ learning, attitudes and self-perception sits at the heart of project with evaluation designed to track students’ attitudinal shift and not simply the excitement of a day on campus. Reaching over 400 students with sustained and meaningful engagements across 2 years the Inspiring Minds project continues to develop confident scholars, engaging with big philosophical and scientific questions at the frontiers of current knowledge.

KeywordsEpistemic Insight; Inspiring minds; Informal science learning; STEM education; Widening participation
Year2021
PublisherCanterbury Christ Church University
Place of publicationCanterbury
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.12854.16964
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