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Aspects of Secondary Students’ Understanding of Plant Nutrition

The report from the Children’s Learning in Science Project (CLIS) gives an account of a number of aspects of students’ understanding of plant nutrition including:
*To what extent do students understand that plants carry out autotrophic nutrition and not heterotrophic nutrition as do animals?
*To what...

Aspects of Secondary Students’ Understanding of Energy

The report from the Children’s Learning in Science Project (CLIS) gives an account of a number of aspects of students’ ideas about energy including:

*Do students use ideas about energy spontaneously to help them interpret phenomena?

*When students are ‘cued’ that energy is involved in a situation,...

APU Science Report for Teachers 10: Metals at Age 15

This APU report for teachers focuses on the performance of students aged 15 in a range of test questions concerning metals. This subject was chosen since metals are the commonest examples of elements which students meet in their everyday lives. Questions reported were drawn from the pool used in APU surveys,...

APU Science Report for Teachers 7: Electricity at Age 15

This APU report for teachers focuses on the performance of students aged 15 in a range of test questions concerning electricity. It presents the findings in a sequence in which it suggests that different activities are generally encountered by students. An experimentally-based course would, in the first three years...

APU Science Report for Teachers 5: Science at Age 15

The APU report for teachers presents, in concise form, some of the data and findings of the APU surveys of students aged 15. After outlining the assessment framework (see also...

APU Science Report for Teachers 3: Science at Age 13

The APU report for teachers presents, in concise form, some of the data and findings of the APU surveys of students aged 13. It includes an outline of the assessment framework, some of the questions which were written to match it, a description of how well, and how differently, pupils responded to them and...

Aspects of Primary Education: the Teaching and Learning of Science

Published in 1989 by Her Majesty's Inspectorate (HMI), this report looks at the changes in science teaching from the mid-seventies to the late-eighties and discusses how further improvements could be achieved. It is based on observations made by HMI during the inspection of 300 primary schools in England, and from...

Practical Work in School Science: an Account of an Inquiry

Practical Work in School Science was a report giving an account of an inquiry sponsored by the Gulbenkian Foundation into the nature and purpose of practical work in school science teaching in England and Wales. The working group was chaired by J F Kerr and the report was published in 1963.

The report noted...

Technology and the Schools: Schools Council Working Paper No. 18

This resource is a working paper on the pilot study report of the Schools Council Project Technology. The pilot study was commissioned by the Council in 1966/67 to find out how help could be offered to schools wishing to reflect in their curriculum the increasing importance of technology in our society.

The...

Towards a Science of Science Teaching

Towards a Science of Science Teaching was first published in 1981. It described the findings of the Concepts in Secondary Mathematics and Science Project and explained the methods and results of that research programme. It gave an account of testing instruments (Science Reasoning Tasks) which teachers could use to...

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