The Real World Science (RWS) programme is committed to measuring the impact on students participating in RWS activities, contributing to the growing body of knowledge in informal science education.
This report presents the findings of a qualitative study of 38 secondary science teachers. The strongest themes to emerge were that natural history museums can effectively support science teachers by providing access to resources not available at school, offering opportunities for students to meet ‘real scientists’, and engendering a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world. A summary of the teacher recommendations and the partnership’s response in terms of its schools’ programming is described.
The Natural History Museum’s secondary science programme is the focus of this case study, specifically the workshop ‘How Science works at the museum’. The case study explores the impact of a project aimed at developing skills in young people and which engages with contemporary issues around science education and its application to the wider world.The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries observed a group taking part in the workshop and visited the school, which had taken part in the workshop some months earlier.
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