PUPPETS project

Puppets projectThe PUPPETS: Talking Science - Engaging Science project supports teachers in using puppets in their classroom as part of their science teaching. It is based on research carried out in the PUPPETS Project and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The research explored the use of puppets to engage and motivate children and promote conversations which help their learning in science. Puppets were used with primary school children to capture their interest, stimulate their thinking about science, challenge their ideas and model learning conversations.

The PUPPETS project team:

  • Jean Maloney and Shirley Simon from the Institute of Education, London
  • Brigid Downing, Brenda Keogh and Stuart Naylor, Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

The PUPPETS: Talking Science - Engaging Science project now takes this research into thousands of classrooms. The project provides stories on animated CD-ROMS, and these stories offer a narrative in which puppets can operate. Through the project teachers can access guidance on setting up and managing conversations using puppets in their classrooms. The project was supported by GlaxoSmithKline.

Resources are available to download from the PUPPETS website.