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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 of...
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1980 - 1989

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Zooplankton

Dr Laura Hobbs is a research scientist at the University of Strathclyde and the Scottish Association for Marine Science. She uses data from instruments, called echosounders, that use sound waves to monitor the depth and abundance of zooplankton in the Arctic Ocean. Studying copepods, her research has shown that during...
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2010 to date

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Engaging girls in physics

Produced in 2011 by the Learning Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study looks at the theme of equality and diversity. It describes how Sussex Downs College looked at: * The cultural and social reasons which influence why girls choose not to study physics. * Whether the teaching and learning activities in...
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Girls in the physics classroom

This report, published in June 2006, showed that girls were under-represented in physics post-16.  In 2006 the Institute of Physics published the results of a review that sought to identify causes of this issue. Following publication of the research findings, the Institute produced a teachers' guide to carrying...
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2000 - 2009

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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...
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Triple Science Support Programme - final evaluation summary

OPM conducted an evaluation of the Triple Science Support Programme (TSSP) across the years 2014- 2016 of the programme, to evidence the extent of impacts of the programme on three key groups: teachers, students, science departments, senior leaders, and whole schools. 
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Evaluation of the European Space Education Resource Office

Published in 2012, NFER was commissioned by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network to evaluate the effectiveness and early impacts of the European Space Education Resource Office for the UK (ESERO-UK). ESERO-UK aims to promote the use of space as a context for enriching science, technology, engineering and...
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Ice and beyond: climate science with CryoSat

This book invites teachers to explore some of the many scientific results from the CryoSat mission. The book describes key techniques of precise radar and SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) altimetry, and reviews state-of-the-art achievements. The book is intended as a living document, and will...
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Triple science support School Case Study: Pate’s Grammar School

From triple science support, this case study focuses on the Pate’s Triple Science Network. The Pate’s network had three specific objectives, which have been based on the characteristics of local schools. These are to increase uptake of triple science, increase the confidence of teachers to deliver triple science...
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Triple science support School Case Study: Nottingham Triple Science Network

From triple science support, this case study focuses on the Nottingham Triple Science Network launched 2012 with funding to develop literacy resources and practicals for triple science, as well as a programme of CPD. The network aimed to increase students’ attainment by stimulating the motivation and engagement...
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