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Towards Evidence-Based Practice in Science Education

Grant reference: L139251003

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TLRP: Towards Evidence-based Practice in Science Education (EPSE) - poster
This poster discusses the rationale and methodology of the project, Towards Evidence-based Practice in Science Education (EPSE). The aim of the EPSE Research Network is to explore ways in which teachers, and others involved in science education (e.g. textbook writers and examiners), can be encouraged to make greater use of research to enhance pupils’ learning in science. In four inter-related projects, we are working with groups of teachers to develop new materials and approaches and to evaluate these in the classroom. One project is developing diagnostic test materials that teachers can use quickly to obtain good evidence of their pupils’ current understanding and then to modify their teaching. Another group of teachers and researchers is developing teaching materials, based on research findings, for some of the key ideas in science. These will be evaluated in practice and compared with the ‘traditional’ approach. Also examined, will be whether other teachers, not involved in the development process, can use the materials equally effectively. In the third project, a panel of ‘experts’ will be asking what are the most important things people need to know about science? A fourth project is working with teachers to develop materials for probing and enhancing pupils’ understanding of these key ideas-about-science. To tie these projects together, a sample of teachers and others involved in science education directly are being asked about their knowledge of research and their views on its relevance to their work. This survey will improve understanding of the research-practice interface and identify factors which facilitate or inhibit the application of research to enhance pupil learning.
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Author R Millar

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