• Wong, B., & Chiu, Y.L.T. (2021). The Ideal Student: Deconstructing Expectations in Higher Education. London: Open University Press. More details here.

  • Wong, B. (2016). Science Education, Career Aspirations and Minority Ethnic Students. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. More details here.


  • Chiu, Y.L.T., Wong, B., & Charalambous, M. (2021). ‘It’s for others to judge’: What influences students’ construction of the ideal student? Journal of Further and Higher Education.

  • Wong, B. & Chiu, Y.L.T. (2021). Exploring the concept of ‘ideal’ university student. Studies in Higher Education, 46(2), 497-508. [Open Access]

  • Wong, B., Chiu, Y.L.T., Copsey-Blake, M., & Nikolopoulou, M. (2021). A mapping of graduate attributes: what can we expect from UK university students? Higher Education Research & Development. [Open Access]

  • Wong, B., DeWitt, J., & Chiu, Y.L.T. (2021). Mapping the eight dimensions of the ideal student in higher education. Educational Review.

  • Wong, B., ElMorally, R., Copsey-Blake, M. (2021). ‘Fair and square’: What do students think about the ethnicity degree awarding gap? Journal of Further and Higher Education.

  • Wong, B., ElMorally, R., Copsey-Blake, M., Highwood, E., & Singarayer, J. (2021). Is race still relevant? Student perceptions and experiences of racism in higher education. Cambridge Journal of Education, 51(3), 359-375. [Open Access]

  • Wong, B. & Chiu, Y.L.T. (2020). University lecturers’ construction of the ‘ideal’ undergraduate student. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 40(1), 54-68 [Open Access]

  • Kemp, P.E.J., Wong, B., & Berry, M.G. (2019). Female performance and participation in computer science – a national picture. ACM Transactions on Computing Education. 20(1).

  • Du, X. & Wong, B. (2019). Science Career Aspiration and Science Capital in China and UK: A comparative study using PISA data. International Journal of Science Education, 41(15), 2136-2155. [Open Access]

  • Wong, B. & Chiu, Y.L.T. (2019). ‘Swallow your pride and fear’: The Educational Strategies of High-Achieving Non-Traditional University Students. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 40(7), 868-882. [Open Access]

  • Wong, B. & Chiu, Y.L.T. (2019). Let me entertain you: The ambivalent role of university lecturers as educators and performers. Educational Review, 71(2), 218-233. [Open Access]

  • Wong, B. (2018). By Chance or by Plan?: The Academic Success of Nontraditional Students in Higher Education. AERA Open, 4(2), 1-14. [Open Access]

  • Wong, B. & Kemp, P.E.J. (2018). Technical boys and creative girls: The career aspirations of digitally-competent youths. Cambridge Journal of Education, 48(3), 301-316. [Open Access]

  • Wong, B. (2017). ‘I’m good, but not that good’: Digitally-skilled youth’s identity in computing. Computer Science Education, 26(4), 299-317. [Open Access]

  • Archer, L., Dawson, E., Seakins, A. & Wong, B. (2016). Disorientating, fun or meaningful? Disadvantaged families’ experiences of a science museum visit. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 11(4), 917-939.

  • Wong, B. (2016). Minority ethnic students and science participation: A qualitative mapping of achievement, aspiration, interest and capital. Research in Science Education, 46(1), 113-127.

  • Archer, L., Dawson, E., DeWitt, J., Seakins, A. & Wong, B. (2015). ‘Science capital’: a conceptual and empirical argument for extending Bourdieusian notions of capital beyond the arts. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 52(7), 922–948. [Open Access]

  • Falk, J., Dierking, L., Wenger, M., Osborne, J., Dawson, E. & Wong, B. (2015). Analyzing science education in the U.K.: Taking a system-wide approach. Science Education, 99(1), 145–173.

  • Wong, B. (2015). A blessing with a curse: Model minority ethnic students and the construction of educational success in England. Oxford Review of Education, 41(6), 730–746.

  • Wong, B. (2015). Careers ‘from’ but not ‘in’ science: Why aspirations to be a scientist are challenging for minority ethnic students? Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 52(7), 979–1002.

  • Archer. L., DeWitt, J. & Wong, B. (2014). Spheres of Influence: What shapes young people’s aspirations at age 12/13 and what are the implications for education policy? Journal of Education Policy, 29(1), 58-85.

  • Archer, L., DeWitt, J., Osborne, J., Dillon, J., Willis, B. & Wong, B. (2013). Not girly, not sexy, not glamorous’: primary school girls’ and parents’ constructions of science aspirations. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 21(1), 171–194.

  • DeWitt, J., Osborne, J., Archer, L., Dillon, J., Willis, B. & Wong, B. (2013). Young Children’s Aspirations in Science: The Unequivocal, the Uncertain and the Unthinkable. International Journal of Science Education, 35(6), 1037–1063.

  • Archer. L., DeWitt, J., Osborne, J., Dillon, J., Willis, B. & Wong, B. (2012). ‘Balancing Acts’: Elementary school girls’ negotiations of femininity, achievement and science. Science Education, 96(6). 967–998.

  • Archer, L., DeWitt, J., Osborne, J., Dillon, J., Willis, B. & Wong, B. (2012). Science Aspirations and family habitus: How families shape children’s engagement and identification with science. American Education Research Journal, 49(5), 881-908.

  • Wong, B. (2012). Identifying with science: A case study of two 13 year-old British Asian ‘high achieving working class’ schoolgirls. International Journal of Science Education, 34(1), 43–65.

  • DeWitt, J., Archer, L., Osborne, J., Dillon, J., Willis, B. & Wong, B. (2011). High Aspirations but Low Progression: The science aspirations-careers paradox among minority ethnic students. International Journal for Science and Mathematics Education, 9(2), 243–271.

  • Archer, L., DeWitt, J., Osborne, J., Dillon, J., Willis, B. & Wong, B. (2010). “Doing” science versus “being” a scientist: Examining 10/11-year-old schoolchildren’s constructions of science through the lens of identity. Science Education, 94(4), 617–639.


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  • Osborne, J., Claussen, S., Archer, L., DeWitt, J., Dillon, J., & Wong, B. (2012) ‘Educating Students about Careers in Science: Why It Matters’ in R. E. Yager (ed.) Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. See here


  • Kawas, L., & Wong, B. (2019). Race, ethnicity and diversity: The challenges and opportunities for lecturers in STEM. Reading: University of Reading. Download here

  • Wong, B. (2018). Youth Engagement Initiative (YETI) – The potentials of the IOP subscription service for young people aged 16-19. Reading: University of Reading (Internal report to Institute of Physics)

  • Wong, B., Copsey-blake, M, & Walters, T. (2018). An evaluation of the MiniPolice project in Reading: Primary schoolchildren’s views and aspirations in the police. Reading: University of Reading. Download here

  • Kemp, P.E.J., Berry, M. & Wong, B. (2018). The Roehampton computing education report: Data from 2017. London: University of Roehampton. Download here

  • Kemp, P.E.J., Wong, B. & Berry, M. (2016). The Roehampton computing education report: Data from 2015. London: University of Roehampton.

  • Archer, L., Osborne, J., DeWitt, J., Dillon, J., Willis, B. & Wong, B. (2013) ASPIRES: young people’s science and career aspirations, age 10-14. London: King’s College London. Download here

  • Francis, B. & Wong, B. (2013) What is preventing social mobility? A review of the evidence. Leicester: Association of School and College Leaders. Download here

  • Falk, J., Osborne, J., Dierking, L., Dawson, E., Wenger, M. & Wong, B. (2012) Analysing the UK Science Education Community: The Contribution of Informal Providers. London, Wellcome Trust. Download here