Girls in the physics classroom
This report, published in June 2006, showed that girls were under-represented in physics post-16. In 2006 the Institute of Physics published the results of a review that sought to identify causes of this issue. Following publication of the research findings, the Institute produced a teachers' guide to carrying out action research and two video films that explored ways in which schools could encourage girls to study physics post-16.
The guide supports teachers who want to carry out action research in the classroom:
2. Action research
- What is action research?
- Why action research and not just action, or just research?
- What does action research involve?
3. Decide on your intervention
- What does educational research tell me?
- What is the situation in my classroom and school?
- Teachers’ top tips 10
4. Planning your action research project
- Writing an action research plan
- Research methods overview
- Qualitative or quantitative?
- Students as researchers
- The golden rule
5. Doing your action research project
- How long should my project last?
- I’m getting little or no interest or support from colleagues
- My intervention doesn’t seem to be working
- What if I end up engaging girls but putting the boys off?
6 .Reflecting on success
- What do I do with my data?
- How do I analyse quantitative data?
- How do I analyse qualitative data?
- Help! I have collected loads of data and I don’t know what to do with them
- How do I know what the data are telling me?
7. Sharing learning
- What’s the best way to communicate my research findings?
- What next?
8. Action research glossary
10. Action research toolkit
- Self-evaluation checklist
- Physics questionnaire
- Diamond 9 ranking activity
- Action research planning template
- Action research report template
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