Evaluation of ‘Spectroscopy in a suitcase’

Client: Royal Society of Chemistry | NFER Contact: Suzanne Straw

Spectroscopy in a suitcase (SIAS) is a project that forms part of the wider Chemistry for our Future initiative managed by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The project aims to provide hands-on experiences of spectroscopy for students and teachers, and to contextualise the use and relevance of spectroscopy in the real world for example: forensics and product quality control.  SIAS provides schools and colleges with access to state-of-the-art spectroscopic equipment in their own institutions and activities have been developed for GCSE and A-level physical science students. SIAS workshops in schools will be given either by postgraduates or teachers who have been trained to use the equipment in their classrooms. The NFER’s evaluation of SIAS will involve telephone interviews with programme managers, HEI staff, postgraduates and teachers and case study visits to two schools. This evaluation will explore participants’ perceptions of: the activities undertaken; the management and coordination; the benefit and impact of activities; and any recommendations for the future development of the programme.

Time scale: March 2009 – June 2009

NFER Project Code: SUI