Prospect of higher salaries makes maths more attractive

The Independent is reporting new research that suggests teenagers would be more likely to study maths at A-level if they were told what salaries it would help them earn in future…

The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and to be presented to the Society for Research into Higher education’s annual conference today, indicates that it would be a far more effective intervention than simply making maths compulsory until 18.

“We found that the expectation of a higher salary increased take-up of maths quite considerably,” said Professor Peter Davies of Birmingham University, who led the research.

Researchers were given control of a one-hour lesson at 50 schools in England. Pupils who received the information on graduate earnings were 39 per cent more likely to study maths than those who did not…

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Wow – that’s quite an impact. What do you think about giving students data on earnings related to subject choices like this? Something they should know or not? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove But govt want people to study maths (and Science) so that they teach it in schools; those salaries aren’t so attractive

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