Should subject-specific research be shared more widely?

Elizabeth Bathurst and Emily Seeber look at whether research around science practicals could transfer to music teaching – and beyond

Two musicians, one holding a conical flask instead of an instrument

You are watching the pupils file into your science lesson and your eyes scan across the lab: high desks, sinks and those stools that now fetch a fortune on eBay. They rest on the aprons the teenagers are grabbing form the pegs: today you are teaching a practical.

But today, you do not get that sinking feeling; you have trawled through papers and studies on how to do science practicals well, and have come up with a plan based on that and your own experience. You are confident. And 30 minutes in, things are going swimmingly.

On the other side of the school grounds, Emma is teaching a music ...

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