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The development of interactive teaching packages in physics/mathematics

Published in 2009 by LSIS, this report describes an action research project carried out at Richard Huish College. This project was a study into how feasible it would be to produce interactive materials by non-computing specialists. Such resources can be made to fit a teacher’s exact requirements and students gain...

Improving teaching and learning in STEM subjects

Published in 2009 by LSIS, this report describes a project carried out by St Helens College. The project's aim was to improve the teaching and learning methods used in theory sessions across the STEM subject areas. The vehicle for improvement was in planning, embedding and applying differentiated learning methods...

Relative difficulty of examinations in different subjects

Published in July 2008 by Durham University, this report reviews the evidence on whether examinations in some subjects can legitimately be described as ‘harder’ than those in other subjects. In particular, whether STEM subjects (those that form a foundation for further study in science, technology, engineering and...

Work experience: impact and delivery - insights from the evidence

A report published in April 2012 by Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers Taskforce. This paper presents findings from recent research into the value of work experience to young people.

The purpose of this paper is to share evidence considered by the Education and...

STEM Baseline Survey - Summary Report

This report from the Department for Education,  published in January 2010, provides a summary of findings from the STEM Baseline Survey Research Programme. It reports on a programme of activities aimed at improving STEM careers awareness in secondary schools.

The primary purpose of...

Evaluation of the STEM Pathfinder Programme

An evaluation, published in October 2009,  of the STEM Pathfinder programme was carried out by NFER on behalf of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), and draws on evidence gathered from twenty-nine of the participating forty schools.

The evaluation sought to provide findings on the...

Understanding Technological Approaches

This report, published in 1994, evaluated the research activities and results of the Assessment of Performance Unit (APU) project in design and technology designed by the Technology Education Research Unit at Goldsmiths College. Data taken from the APU tests undertaken by students was used to determine the levels...

Sustainability

From the Learning Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study describes how Hull and Stockton Riverside Colleges used the topic of sustainable development to improve aspects of STEM careers guidance.

Hull College The project encouraged a greater holistic awareness in lecturers of the...

Food additives

A Catalyst article about food additives. Some additives are natural and some are manufactured by the chemical industry. Some, like vitamin C, can come from either natural or artificial sources. As with every other component of food all additives are chemicals. Even organic food can contain a certain number of...

National STEM Learning Network: regional programme - evaluation report 2015-2016

In 2015-16, the regional Network has been found to have sustained a strong upward trajectory in the amount of CPD that it is delivering, increasing its level of CPD delivery by 45% compared to 2014-15, and surpassing the levels of CPD delivery achieved in previous years.  

The Network has also forged new...

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