In the light of a decline in the popularity of chemistry post-16, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) commissioned the NFER to undertake a study to determine how pupils make subject and career choices regarding chemistry, and to evaluate the materials it produces to promote the chemical sciences to young people.
- Young people’s chemistry-related subject and career choices were influenced by their perceptions of chemists and careers in chemistry, and their experiences of chemistry in the curriculum as difficult.
- Chemistry tended to be taken as a means to another end, such as medicine or veterinary science.
- The young people found the RSC materials visually appealing and liked the promotion of wide-ranging aspects of chemistry and chemistry careers.
- They recommended that the materials should be made available at all times, and especially at key early decision points (for example, in Year 9).
- The young people wanted greater directed use of the materials. They also recommended that personal copies should be made available for use in pupils’ own time.
- They also wanted greater contact with chemists and those from industry (for example, via talks, demonstrations and work experience).
Sponsor(s): Royal Society of Chemistry
How to cite this publication:
Lord, P., Harland, J.L. and Gulliver, C. (2006). An Evaluation of the Royal Society of Chemistry Careers Materials. London: RSC.