Becky Parker

Teachers want to be scientists, too

Science teachers often feel like they’re cut off from the science community, but it doesn’t have to be this way. By participating in research with their pupils they fuel their own passion and inspire their students, writes Becky Parker

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As a physics teacher, there is nothing I love more than picking up on the latest advances in my discipline, whether it be the discovery of gravitational waves or discussion of my particular research area, the philosophy of quantum mechanics. It comes as little surprise to me that there is a growing body of evidence that subject-specific CPD improves teacher retention and satisfaction.

But is that enough?

Is an update from a fantastic research group or leading professor the limit of the link between research and teaching? Unfortunately, that seems to be the norm in science – but it’s not in ...

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