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Evaluating participants' experience of extended interaction with cutting-edge physics research through the PRiSE "research in schools" programme

Archer, MO; Dewitt, J; Thorley, C; Keenan, O; (2021) Evaluating participants' experience of extended interaction with cutting-edge physics research through the PRiSE "research in schools" programme. Geoscience Communication , 4 (2) pp. 147-168. 10.5194/gc-4-147-2021. Green open access

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Abstract

Physics in schools is distinctly different from, and struggles to capture the excitement of, university research-level work. Initiatives where students engage in independent research linked to cutting-edge physics within their school over several months might help mitigate this, potentially facilitating the uptake of science in higher education. However, how such initiatives are best supported remains unclear and understudied. This paper evaluates a provision framework, Physics Research in School Environments (PRiSE), using survey data from participating 14-18-year-old students and their teachers to understand their experience of the programme. The results show that PRiSE appears to provide much more positive experiences than typical university outreach initiatives due to the nature of the opportunities afforded over several months, which schools would not be able to provide without external input. The intensive support offered is deemed necessary, with all elements appearing equally important. Based on additional feedback from independent researchers and engagement professionals, we also suggest the framework could be adopted at other institutions and applied to their own areas of scientific research, something which has already started to occur.

Type: Article
Title: Evaluating participants' experience of extended interaction with cutting-edge physics research through the PRiSE "research in schools" programme
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5194/gc-4-147-2021
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-4-147-2021
Language: English
Additional information: © Author(s) 2021. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10139019
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