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Literature review of assessment for learning in science

This literature review, by NFER, sought to address the following research questions:

  • What does AfL in science involve?
  • What AfL techniques are most commonly used in science?
  • Does science make use of different AfL techniques to other subjects?
  • How commonly is AfL used in...

Science Teaching in Schools: Report with Evidence - House of Lords 2005-06

A report published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (the 10th report of the session 2005-06), it focuses on secondary education in England, with regard to: *student attitudes and choices, and the effect on the take-up of science at GCSE and beyond *teaching methods *the recruitment and...

Survey of Science Technicians

The Royal Society and the Association of Science Education commissioned a wide reaching survey on the provision, roles, responsibilities, working conditions and opinions of laboratory technicians in secondary schools and colleges in 2001, and had over 5000 technicians responding, making it the largest survey of its...

Evaluation of STEM Insight Programme: final report November 2017

The STEM Insight teacher placement programme aims to increase STEM career learning and awareness amongst students and enhance schools’ careers provision.  This report investigates the impact of the scheme on its participants (teachers), their students and schools/colleges, and host employers.

The research...

Exploring Young People's Views on Science Education

Published by the Wellcome Trust in September 2011, this report aimed to find a deeper understanding of young people’s attitudes to science education, particularly regarding the value young people place on science education (for themselves as individuals and for society in general), as well as the key factors...

Review of practical research projects in science

A good report to show senior leaders in order to gain the necessary support to allow students to carry out extended projects and independent research projects (IRP).

The evidence shows gains in students’ learning, improvements in students’ attitudes to science, suggestions that increased numbers are...

Young people's views on science education: results from the science Education Tracker February 2017

The Science Education Tracker is a survey commissioned by the Wellcome Trust that helps build understanding of the experiences, aspirations and intentions of young people across England with respect to science and related disciplines. There are some reassuring findings in this representative study of over 4,000...

Educational practices -guiding principles for learning in the 21st Century

The purpose of this booklet is to offer guiding principles about learning in the twenty-first century. It is intended for teachers, curriculum designers, school leaders, and others involved in all levels of school education and can be used for any age group, as the principles it contains are general enough to be...

The pressure for change and teachers’ motivation for PD

This paper, published in 2010 by Jens Dolin, explores what motivates teachers to participate in development projects involving experimental teaching and especially what the nature of pressure for change means for the engagement of the teachers. It does not deal with CPD organized as ordinary courses, but digs into...

Impact evaluation report – primary science specialist

This report looks at the impact of two National STEM Learning CPD activities - Primary science specialist (2013 -14) and New and aspiring primary science specialist (2014 -15).

The full collection of STEM Learning impact and evaluation research reports can be viewed...

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