Issue 22 | May 2015
Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects
Have you ever wanted to take an idea a little bit further, or research a topic more deeply? An independent research project could be just the thing for you. We have pulled together lots of advice on how you could do a scientific research project.
Below you can find information on how to do extended science projects and how to conduct them ethically, together with some additional advice for teachers and schools. Our practical guide to extended science projects along with our guidance for both students and teachers on conducting projects ethically are also available in the downloadable resources section as PDFs.
Introducing extended projects
Find out what’s involved in this additional qualification
Here are five good reasons to take this qualification on
Researching a topic in science, technology, engineering or maths can help you develop new skills
Don’t just take our word for it
Choosing your topic
Start with an open mind, and then narrow the focus
Use our flow chart to help you decide whether a dissertation, practical investigation or artefact is right for you
There are many organisations that can help you with your extended project. Here are just a few
People who can help you with your extended project
Planning a practical project
Find out about the different ways researchers define data
Learn the difference between the two main types of data
Take a methodical approach
Always have a backup
Looking for significance
Meet Alice, who is now studying Biological Sciences at university
Meet Anita, who is now studying Biology and German at university
Meet Charlotte, who is now studying Pharmacy at university
Meet Tal, who is now studying Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies at university
Meet Cameron, who is now studying at university
Additional advice for teachers and schools
Key points to consider in your school
A few tips to help you choose your approach
Extended projects need not only be for individuals
Ensure your school has what it needs to support these projects
Ethics guidance for students
What does working ethically mean?
How to address ethical issues
Examples of how to implement ethical frameworks into research
What ethical considerations do you need to think about when planning your project
Does your project raise ethical concerns?
Keep thinking ethically throughout your project
How to work with and present other researchers’ work within your project
Discussing ethical issues in your final report
Ethics guidance for teachers
How can you and your students best use this resource?
What ethical issues do your students need to think about and how can these be addressed?
Ways your students can address ethical issues
Examples of how ethical frameworks are integrated into research
What ethical considerations do your students need to think about when planning their project?
How to adapt projects that raise ethical concerns
Ensure your students keep thinking ethically throughout their project
What ethical issues do students need to consider when working with and presenting other researchers’ work?
How your students can integrate ethical issues into their final report
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