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Training school pupils in the scientific method: student participation in an international VLF radio experiment

Denton, James and Denton, Michael and Kavanagh, Andrew and Harron, Hamish and Ulich, Thomas and Denton, Joanna (2012) Training school pupils in the scientific method: student participation in an international VLF radio experiment. Physics Education, 47 (1). pp. 64-68. ISSN 0031-9120

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Abstract

We report on a school–university collaboration to involve students in the deployment, testing, and operation of a very low frequency (VLF) radio receiver as part of an international network of such experiments. A background to the collaboration is presented, along with a summary of planning and development, and the ultimate deployment of the hardware. The integration and involvement of students in data analysis and testing is discussed and we summarize how students further develop their application of the scientific method via their role as custodians of the experiment. Such enrichment activities allow the students access to carry out non-curricular activities they would not normally have access to. We consider that the project as a whole may be used as a template for other school–university experimental collaborations.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Physics Education
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 54143
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 May 2012 16:09
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:26
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54143

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