Nuffield Working with Science

Nuffield Working with Science was developed in the 1970s to meet the needs of ‘the new sixth former’ in schools and colleges. The programme offered teachers a variety of resources as a basis for courses aimed at students staying on in education after the age of 16 for a one-year course.

Students who used the materials, on full time courses in schools and colleges, typically worked through three or four topics (units) which appealed to their own preferences, attitudes, and interests. The intention was that they should learn, in one year, a great deal more about how scientists decide which questions to ask, how to go about answering them, and how reliable the answers may be.

The materials
Nearly 40 full units were prepared, tried, and revised and published for the first edition. Each of these was designed to be covered in about eight weeks of the students' time, at half a day per week. Most of them had a compulsory core with optional sections. In addition to the full units, 12 mini-units were also produced, each intended to be two or three weeks' work.

For each unit there is a students' booklet giving objectives, suggestions for investigation, and background information. There are also supporting Teachers' notes, which list the requirements and give teaching advice for individual units.

Teaching and learning
Working with Science aimed to adopt learning methods and topics appropriate to the inclinations, interests, and expectations of young adults. It placed the responsibility for the selection of the topic and processes of learning in the hands of the student,
with guidance from the tutor or teacher. The project team wanted to get away from the strategy of the teacher as the giver and the student as receiver of information.

Revision for CPVE
The materials were revised in the 1980s to meet the needs of groups of students working towards the Certificate of Pre-Vocational Education (CPVE). The revised edition was made up of 23 maxi-units and 10 mini-units.

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Nuffield Working with Science was first published in the 1970s and then revised for CPVE in the 1980s. The programme was designed for ‘new sixth formers’ staying on at school for one year after the age of 16.

In the first edition there two Teachers’ Guides giving an overview of the programme and giving...

In the first edition of Nuffield Working with Science, this set of units was covered by Teachers’ Notes A. Only four of the units were retained and revised for the second, CPVE edition.

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*Water Shortage 2000 (first edition only)
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In the first edition of Nuffield Working with Science, this set of units was covered by Teachers’ Notes B. Only three of the units were retained and revised for the second, CPVE edition. For the CPVE edition, the air pollution unit was merged into a new unit called Pollution .

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In the first edition of Nuffield Working with Science, this set of units was covered by Teachers’ Notes C. All but one of the units were retained and revised for the second, CPVE edition. The Water Pollution unit contributed to a new CPVE unit called Pollution .

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