Nuffield Chemistry

The Nuffield Science Teaching Project began in 1962. One of the first problems tackled by the project was the teaching of O-level physics, chemistry and biology. The Nuffield Chemistry team produced guidance for teachers in a Sample Scheme covering ages 11-16 in three stages.

The rationale for the development work was spelled out in a Handbook for Teachers. Much of the innovation concentrated on practical work with the outcomes being summarised in a book of Collected Experiments. The commitment to guided discovery through practical investigations meant that there was limited material for students. A notable innovation was the lively series of Background Books. These were intended to amplify and extend the work done in class and to stimulate the interest of students in the wider aspects of their study.

The developers were keen to emphasise that the scheme was only a sample, and that many other items of chemical subject-matter could be taught using the Nuffield approach; an approach which put particular emphasis on students finding out things for themselves under careful direction, rather than being told facts and made blindly to learn them.


The Nuffield Chemistry team produced three publications to give general guidance about the approach to teaching suggested by its Sample Scheme:
*Introduction and Guide
*A Handbook for Teachers
*Collected Experiments


The Nuffield Science Teaching Project produced a Sample Scheme in the 1960s to 1970s to illustrate a new approach to lesson sequences. The scheme included details of suggested experiments and advice to teachers regarding handling class discussions and setting homework.

The scheme acted as a stimulus to...

The Nuffield Chemistry Background Books appeared as a series of colourful, highly illustrated, short readers to amplify and extend work done in class. Some of the books described applications of chemistry, others were historical while a few focused on particular...

Stage III was the last part of the Nuffield Chemistry Sample Scheme for O-level Chemistry. It was designed to give students the opportunity to apply the skills and ideas they had met in Stages I and II to a number of selected fields of study. At O-level each student was...


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