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National Foundation for Educational Research

This report focuses on the findings from the evaluation of the Chemistry for Non-Specialists training programme. The programme takes place over four days and covers key chemistry concepts providing hands-on experience of pupil practical work and teacher demonstrations. The research was conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and was undertaken between February and June 2008. The project is funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Royal Society of Chemistry. This evaluation explores the early indications of impact from the training programme on teachers' confidence and expertise to teach chemistry and pupils' experiences of chemistry in school. Based on the views of teachers, heads of science departments and pupils, a range of positive impacts from the programme were identified and the programme appears to be meeting its aim to provide non-specialist chemistry teachers with confidence, flair and enthusiasm to teach chemistry. Due to the success of the Chemistry for Non-Specialists programme, the evaluation concludes with recommendations for the continuation of the programme long term. (Contains 69 tables and 5 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Inservice Teacher Education, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Motivation, Secondary School Science, Program Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Teacher Characteristics, Professional Continuing Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Case Studies, Foreign Countries

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Autor: Jones, Megan; Harland, Jennie; Mitchell, Holly; Springate, Iain; Straw, Suzanne

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6263&id=ED504619

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