Real World Science: guiding principles

Real World Science (RWS) learning activities aim to engage and inspire secondary school students to study science further, to pursue a science-related career, or gain confidence as a scientifically literate individual who feels more prepared to discuss scientific issues.

To ensure these aims are met, the development of RWS learning activities are underpinned by 5 Guiding Principles:

  1. Developments must meet audience, organisational and strategic needs
    Consultations with teachers and wider education and museum sector stakeholders are essential elements that shape the direction and content of any RWS learning product.
  2. Authenticity enhances engagement
    Access to authentic specimens, equipment, practical work and expertise ensures student participation in RWS learning products is engaging, memorable, and allows the development and application of knowledge and understanding in new contexts.
  3. Inspiration and aspiration leads to transformation
    RWS learning products showcase museum and university science staff, introducing students to a diverse range of role models who can bring science to life through their research, personal journeys and pathways into their careers.
  4. Multiple approaches to delivery for a diverse range of learners
    RWS learning products aim to encompass a wide range of formats, utilising a number of different delivery approaches to cater to the diverse learning styles within our audience.  We recognise active participation and social interaction as key elements in supporting students to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding to build and convey meaning in new contexts.
  5. Partnership fosters professional practice
    Partnership provides a supportive environment, helping to create a community of experienced practitioners. We aim to support knowledge sharing, collaboration and innovation in the field of informal science education.