Billy Wong
University of Reading
Publications 39
#1Xin Du (Xi'an Jiaotong University)
#2Billy Wong (University of Reading)H-Index: 12
ABSTRACTThe concept of science capital has a growing influence in science education research for understanding young people’s science trajectories. Popularised in the UK, this paper aims to extend ...
#1Billy Wong (University of Reading)H-Index: 12
#2Yuan-Li Tiffany Chiu (Imperial College London)H-Index: 3
AbstractWith more graduates, degree outcomes have a renewed significance for high-achieving students to stand out in a graduate crowd. In the United Kingdom, over a quarter of undergraduates now leave university with the highest grade – a ‘first-class’ degree – although students from non-traditional and underprivileged backgrounds are the least likely. This article explores the experiences of high-achieving non-traditional (HANT) university students. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 30 final-...
#1Billy Wong (University of Reading)H-Index: 12
#2Yuan-Li Tiffany Chiu (Imperial College London)H-Index: 3
ABSTRACTThis paper contributes to our understanding of the ‘ideal’ university student – a working concept that promotes a more transparent conversation about the explicit, implicit and idealistic e...
#1Billy Wong (University of Reading)H-Index: 12
#2Yuan-Li Tiffany Chiu (UEL: University of East London)H-Index: 3
In England, higher education is more marketised than ever before as the difference between students and consumers is increasingly blurred, propelled by the rise in tuition fees. With students demanding more for their money, the role of university lecturers continues to change. This study explores the ways in which lecturers re-evaluate and reconstruct their roles and responsibilities in light of heightened student expectations. We draw on 30 in-depth interviews with lecturers from the social sci...
#1Billy Wong (University of Reading)H-Index: 12
#2Yuan-Li Tiffany Chiu (Imperial College London)H-Index: 3
ABSTRACTResearch on the ‘ideal’ or ‘good’ student tends to be situated within compulsory schooling. Few recent studies have focused on lecturers’ conceptualisation and construction of the ‘ideal’ university student. Informed by 30 in-depth interviews with lecturers from two post-92 English universities within the social sciences, we explore how the notion of ‘ideal’ student is understood in contemporary higher education. We focus on lecturers’ expectations of undergraduate students, as well as t...
#1Billy Wong (University of Reading)H-Index: 12
In the United Kingdom, a “good” undergraduate degree is understood to be a “first class” or an “upper second class,” which is achieved by three-quarters of students. The need to distinguish oneself from others is ever more important in an increasingly crowded graduate market, although a first-class degree is most likely achieved by privileged students. Informed by Bourdieu’s theory of habitus and capital, this study explores the educational experiences and trajectories of 30 final-year high-achi...
Feb 21, 2018 in SIGCSE (Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education)
#1Peter E.J. Kemp (University of Roehampton)H-Index: 1
#2Miles Berry (University of Roehampton)
Last.Billy Wong (University of Reading)H-Index: 12
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In 2014 English schools undertook a shift from a mainly ICT based curriculum to one that focuses on computer science. Qualifications in computing have been introduced and ICT was subsequently phased out. The question now arises as to whether the students who would have previously taken ICT qualifications are now taking the new computer science courses. Using student data for all English examinations taken by 16 and 18 year olds, we have profiled the student cohorts taking ICT and computing, as w...
#1Billy Wong (University of Reading)H-Index: 12
#2Peter E.J. Kemp (University of Roehampton)H-Index: 1
AbstractDigital technology is increasingly central to our lives, particularly among young people. However, there remains a concern from government and businesses of a digital skills gap because many youths, especially girls, tend to be consumers rather than creators of technology. Drawing on 32 semi-structured interviews with digitally skilled teenagers (aged 13–19), this article investigates their digital career aspirations and examines how identities and discourses of gender can interact with ...
#1Billy Wong (University of Reading)H-Index: 12
AbstractComputers and information technology are fast becoming a part of young people’s everyday life. However, there remains a difference between the majority who can use computers and the minority who are computer scientists or professionals. Drawing on 32 semi-structured interviews with digitally skilled young people (aged 13–19), we explore their views and aspirations in computing, with a focus on the identities and discourses that these youngsters articulate in relation to this field. Our f...
#1Louise Archer ('KCL': King's College London)H-Index: 38
#2Emily Dawson ('KCL': King's College London)H-Index: 10
Last.Billy Wong ('KCL': King's College London)H-Index: 12
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It is widely agreed that there is a need to increase and widen science participation. Informal science learning environments (ISLEs), such as science museums, may provide valuable spaces within which to engage visitors—yet the visitor profile of science museums remains narrow. This paper seeks to understand the experiences of socially disadvantaged families within such spaces. Using a Bourdieusian analytic lens, we analyse qualitative data from a small study conducted with ten parents and ten ch...