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Gold award: investigate the properties of materials used for saucepans

Students investigate the properties of materials used for cooking utensils in order to collect quantitative data.  For example, if testing for thermal conductivity they should gain a value for the rate at which heat flows through a cross-sectional area of material.  Students should also find out if...
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2010 to date

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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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Students' Guide to Controlled Assessment

The guide to controlled assessment covers the following areas: - What is controlled assessment in GCSE Astronomy? - Guidance for designing observations - Guidance for making observations - Guidance for analysing observations - Guidance for evaluating your project - Presenting your final report - Useful dos and dont’s...
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2010 to date

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Examining at CSE Level

The Nuffield Secondary Science guide to examining at CSE was aimed at teachers and examiners. It began the quest, still continuing today, to find appropriate ways to examine science across the whole ability range.The Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)The CSE had been introduced in 1965 to provide a leaving...
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1970 - 1979

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Nuffield Physics: Tests and Examinations

In Nuffield Physics constructive problems or questions that ask for active thinking largely took the place of pupils' reading in texts or background books. The first chapter in this book about tests and examinations provided guidance on the nature and purposes of the questions in the range of Question Books. The...
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1960 - 1969

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Revised Nuffield Advanced Physics Examinations and Investigations

In the Nuffield Advanced Physics course, published by the Nuffield Foundation, the original authors were keenly aware of the need to design an end-of-course examination that was not only technically 'reliable' but was also 'valid', in that it tested the stated aims of the course. This book was written as a guide to...
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1980 - 1989

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Standards Over Time in the Sciences - GCSE and A levels 1995 - 2007

This resource is a compilation of reports by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and Ofqual reviewing standards over time in science subjects at GCSE and A levels.ContextAnnually the publication of GCSE and A level examination results prompts public interest in the standards of those examinations. In...
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2000 - 2009

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A-Level Criteria Science Subjects 2006

This set of subject criteria were produced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in 2006 for Awarding Bodies to produce AS and A level science subject specifications, in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, geology, electronics and environmental science. AS and A level subject criteria are intended to...
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2000 - 2009

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A Level Performance Descriptors Science Subjects 2003

Produced in 2003, these performance descriptors for chemistry science subjects at AS and A2 levels were written to indicate the level of attainment characteristic of grades A/B and E/U boundary candidates across a series of assessment objectives. It was intended that they should be interpreted in relation to the...
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2000 - 2009

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A Level Performance Descriptors Science Subjects 2007

Produced in 2007, these performance descriptors for science subjects at AS and A2 levels were written to indicate the level of attainment characteristic of grades A/B and E/U boundary candidates across a series of assessment objectives. It was intended that they should be interpreted in relation to the content...
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2000 - 2009

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