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Starting Young?: Links Between Childhood and Adult Participation in Culture and Science - A Literature Review

DescriptionA selective review of research literature on the extent of childhood exposure to and experience of culture and science and subsequent adult cultural or science participation.
ISBN978 07559 93970
Official Print Publication DateJune 2010
Website Publication DateJune 23, 2010


Susan Elsley and Christina McMellon, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships ( CRFR) University of Edinburgh

ISBN 978 0 7559 9397 0 (Web only publication)
DPPAS 10185

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1 Executive Summary
Review of arts and culture
Review of informal science
Findings on arts and culture and informal science

2 Introduction
Aim and objectives of review

3 Outline of review
Accessing evidence

4 Review of arts and culture
Introduction to review of arts and culture
Childhood participation in culture: evidence from Scotland

5 Research on Arts and Culture
Surveys on childhood exposure to arts and culture
Early socialisation and childhood exposure
Factors which support engagement

6 Summary: Arts and culture

7 Review of Informal Science
Introduction to review of informal science

8 Research on Informal Science
Role of informal science
Impact of informal science
Impact of childhood exposure

9 Summary: Informal Science

10 Conclusions

11 References
Arts and culture
Informal Science

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only