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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Ros Roberts

Roberts, R. & Reading, C. (2015). The practical work challenge: incorporating the explicit teaching of evidence in subject content. School Science Review 96(357): 31-39.

Author(s) from Durham


The new National Curriculum in England aims for pupils to understand traditional
ideas in biology, chemistry and physics as well as to understand evidence, as specified in ‘Working
scientifically’. It also instructs that ‘Working scientifically . . . must always be taught through and
clearly related to substantive science content’. This rubric could present a challenge to meeting the
aims of the curriculum and teachers will have to plan their teaching, including the use of practical
work, carefully to overcome this challenge.