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Improving science participation: Five evidence-based recommendations for policy-makers and funders

Science Capital Team.  To continue with science post-16, young people must achieve certain levels of understanding and attainment. Crucially, they must also feel that science is a good ‘fit’ for them – that science is ‘for me’. Drawing on more

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How does it feel to be in the bottom group? A new project investigates

Eleanore Hargreaves with Denise Buchanan and Laura Quick.  Children are not often asked to voice their true opinions at school, especially not about school. In my own previous research, I found that primary school pupils could voice valuable and sometimes

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The taste of Mandarin is sweeter when the teaching methods are informed by research

  Katharine Carruthers.  It is now possible to do predictive texting in Chinese. British Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward said:  “I can bash things into my phone and know I’m broadly getting it right. So it (Chinese) has become

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Exploring what it means to be ‘evidence-rich’ in practice

Naomi Bath.  The RSA’s Learning About Culture programme aims to develop more evidence of what works in cultural learning and to help practitioners to use evidence from their own work and elsewhere to improve their practice. At the centre of the

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Posted in Arts in education, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

What kinds of activities will encourage more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to keep studying science?

Tamjid Mujtaba.  I have worked on a range of projects as a mixed-methods researcher over the years although none as quite exciting as  Chemistry for All,  a longitudinal project funded in 2014 by the The Royal Society of Chemistry. Why

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