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Boyle, Julie – Physics Education, 2019
This paper presents exemplification of the ways in which teachers can garner the interest piqued by the recent detection of gravitational waves. The intention was to develop a teaching module based around this exciting new branch of astronomy and to use this as an opportunity to bring cutting-edge science into the classroom, whilst allowing…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Boyle, Julie – Physics Education, 2019
This paper is the second part of a three-paper series. It describes a project based approach to STEM enrichment and presents a detailed description of the practical set-ups, the investigations carried out by the students and their experimental findings. The accompanying first paper outlines an introductory gravitational waves based teaching module…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Instruction, Physics, Secondary School Science
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Boyle, Julie – Physics Education, 2019
This paper evaluates the extent to which a gravitational waves based STEM enrichment club impacted upon students' enjoyment of physics and engendered a positive change in their perception of scientists. It also explores the short-term impact upon their academic performance relative to that of their peers. Mixed methods of data collection included…
Descriptors: Physics, STEM Education, Intervention, Secondary School Science