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What have we learnt from CPD that is collaborative in nature? Findings and implications from the Action Research for Physics programme

This paper, published in 2012, summarises the evaluation of the Action Research for Physics (ARP) programme.

The National Network of Science Learning Centres developed a collaborative professional development (PD) programme in 2009/10 called Action Research for Physics (ARP) for physics teachers, to tackle the need to increase students’ engagement with physics and encourage them to take post-16 physics. 

The aims of the evaluation were to:

  • examine the effectiveness of the ARP professional development programme in changing students’ attitudes and aspirations towards physics
  • explore  students’ reasons for choosing post-compulsory physics
  • ascertain uptake of post-compulsory physics among ARP students in 2011 compared to previous years

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