Students becoming researchers

Lynda Dunlop, Kerry Jane Knox, Judith Merryn Bennett, Michael Reiss, Rebecca Torrance Jenkins

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This article describes the results of a study into students’ experiences of independent research project work in science. Independent research projects (IRPs) are projects in which students are supervised (usually by a teacher, scientist or both) to work independently on a scientific problem or question over an extended period. We collected data from 39 young people aged 16-19 engaged in independent research project work using group interviews and found that the projects gave them experience of thinking and acting like a researcher, and had an impact on their aspirations for future study or employment in relation to science
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalSchool Science review
Issue number372
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2019

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  • Independent research project, practical work

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