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Sandra Takei is a doctoral researcher at King’s College London in the School of Education, Communication and Society (ECS). Sandra completed her MA in Science Education at King's in 2015. Prior to this, she worked in science outreach and teacher training for various educational charities and in the USA, UK and Japan.

Alongside her studies, Sandra has worked as a research assistant on the ESRC-funded ASPIRES 2 project and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). She is currently working on GTA training and development materials for King’s Academy. Full details of her career and experience can be found on LinkedIn.

Research interests

Sandra’s PhD, which began in 2016, compares the factors which influence post-16 participation in physics and modern languages in England. Most of the literature on subject choice has concentrated on participation in STEM subjects, but there are very few studies which compare the factors influencing subject choice between STEM and non-STEM subjects.

This thesis aims to address that gap in the literature by comparing the factors shaping young peoples’ participation in physics and modern languages. Qualitative data was collected at five sixth forms, including teacher interviews and student focus groups. The analysis draws on social reproduction theory (Bourdieu) and post-structuralist understandings of identity.

Her thesis title is: Subject Choice in English Secondary Schools: A comparison of the factors impacting post-compulsory participation in physics and modern languages.

Principal supervisor: Professor Louise Archer

Secondary supervisor: Dr Karen Skilling