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A rapid evidence review of the impact of independent practical research projects (IRPs) in school science

This report,  published in 2015, looks at how Independent Research Projects in Science (IRPs) are considered to be scientific projects that are about more than a pedagogical approach of ‘enquiry’.  They are open-ended research investigations led by the student, often with the support of a teacher and/or an adult researcher from a university or industry.  For older student the outcome of the investigation is typically unknown by the student and their teacher.  Thus, these projects should offer an authentic experience of research.

Author: Judith Bennett

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