Posted on Mar 28 , 2012 in Current Conferences & Action Research

Collaboration: Can a Secondary School D&T Project Enhance Pupils’ Enjoyment, Interest and Understanding of Science?

Action Research refereed paper | Fabia Hully | April 2012

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Collaboration: Can a Secondary School D&T Project Enhance Pupils’ Enjoyment, Interest and Understanding of Science?

Abstract

Much has been written about the inherent link between D&T and Science, particularly since the introduction of the STEM Programme. This paper reports on findings from other research studies, and describes experiences of staff difficulties and misunderstandings between subject areas. It notes ‘gaps’ in the curriculum between subjects.

The study reported on in this paper sought to address these gaps through the implementation of a curriculum development project. Pupils learn scientific knowledge around heat transfer and complete product analysis activities, prior to designing their own product that requires applying this gained knowledge.

Having trialled the project with two mixed ability Y9 classes, the main outcome was that pupils enjoyed the link between the subjects being made explicit to them. Reinforcing the theory behind heat transfer and linking it to products meant the majority of pupils understood the theory better.

The paper concludes by reflecting on the appropriateness of the resources used, the responses that pupils provided. It considers developments for teachers delivering similar content in the future.

Collaboration: Can a Secondary School D&T Project Enhance Pupils’ Enjoyment, Interest and Understanding of Science?

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