Monitoring practical science in schools and colleges, higher education data 2016-2018

Cramman, Helen and Kind, Vanessa and Kind, Per and Lyth, Andrew and Gray, Helen and Younger, Kirsty and Eerola, Paivi and Coe, Robert (2019). Monitoring practical science in schools and colleges, higher education data 2016-2018. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-853459

This project collected data relating to practical work in science provision in schools, colleges and higher education collected in England and Scotland from 2015 - 2017. The project aimed to investigate the quantity and breadth of practical work undertaken and how this changed during the study. The project also sought to identify possible reasons for any observed outcomes. The project also examined how these data illustrate how school- and college-based practical work in science prepares students for laboratory based courses at university. Data were collected in year 1 of the study in 2015, during reforms to the Scottish National 5 and Higher qualifications and prior to implementation of reformed GCSE and A level science specifications in England. Data collected in year 3 of the study (in 2017), was post implementation of reforms in Scotland and in England was at the point when A level students were completing the reformed qualifications for the first time and progressing to undergraduate study, and GCSE students had completed one year of their reformed programmes.

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The Monitoring Practical Science in Schools and Colleges study ran from 2015 to 2017. Data were collected in year 1 of the study in 2015, during reforms to the Scottish National 5 and Higher qualifications and prior to implementation of reformed GCSE and A level science specifications in England. Data collected in year 3 of the study (in 2017), was post implementation of reforms in Scotland and in England was at the point when A level students were completing the reformed qualifications for the first time and progressing to undergraduate study in higher education institutions, and GCSE students had completed one year of their reformed programmes. Data is in the form of survey responses and transcripts from telephone interviews with higher education staff involved in the teaching of undergraduate laboratories in biological sciences, chemistry and physics.

Data creators:
Creator NameEmailAffiliationORCID (as URL)
Cramman, Helenhelen.cramman@durham.ac.ukDurham Universityhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8684-4882
Kind, Vanessavanessa.kind@durham.ac.ukDurham Universityhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3650-9859
Kind, PerUnspecifiedDurham UniversityUnspecified
Lyth, Andrewandrew.lyth@cem.dur.ac.ukDurham UniversityUnspecified
Gray, Helenh.f.gray@durham.ac.ukDurham Universityhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3509-3430
Younger, Kirstykirsty.younger@durham.ac.ukDurham UniversityUnspecified
Eerola, Paivip.s.eerola@durham.ac.ukDurham UniversityUnspecified
Coe, Robertr.j.coe@durham.ac.ukDurham UniversityUnspecified
Sponsors: Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Wellcome Trust
Topic classification: Education
Keywords: science education, practical studies, curriculum evaluation
Project title: Monitoring Practical Science in Schools and Colleges
Grant holders: Karen Jones, Vanessa Kind, Per Kind, Helen Cramman
Project dates:
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1 December 201419 November 2018
Date published: 13 May 2019 14:40
Last modified: 19 Nov 2019 14:30

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