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Research Aims

One of our main aims is to work closely with teachers to identify and evaluate the kinds of teaching strategies which encourage and maintain dialogues with students.

A second interest is to compare the strategies used by upper primary and lower secondary teachers (as rather different traditions inform their practice). This should provide a clearer and more inclusive account of dialogic teaching in science education, and help teachers create and use it to best effect.

We will work with teachers to make the findings of the research available to both primary and secondary teachers of science through innovative professional development programmes.