Dr Billy Wong is currently a Lecturer in Widening Participation at the University of Reading. His research is within the sociology of education, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, especially young people’s identities and aspirations.
His recent book, Science Education, Career Aspirations and Minority Ethnic Students (2016), provided a qualitative analysis of 46 students (from British Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian and Chinese backgrounds) and their views and experiences of science. The book engages with and extends our current conceptual thinking around aspiration, capital and identity, in the context of science. It contributes to ongoing discussions around ‘science identity’ and the emerging idea of ‘science capital’ along with the development of five ‘types’ of science participation.
His recent projects look into 1) computing education and young people’s digital aspirations and participation, which raised concerns that computing is still gendered and unthinkable for many youths; and 2) the experiences of high-achieving non-traditional students as well as being a lecturer in neoliberal English higher education. The Ideal Uni Student project emerged from this research.
Billy was previously a Lecturer in Education at the University of Roehampton and a Research Associate at King’s College London, working on the Enterprising Science and ASPIRES projects. Information about his latest outputs can be found here.