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Nuffield Secondary Science

Nuffield Secondary Science in the 1960s was a response to the need to improve the teaching of science for the three-quarters of secondary students who were then unlikely to be entered for GCE O-level. The project team aimed to put into practice the approach to science teaching outlined in the Newsom Report, Half Our...
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1970 - 1979

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Nuffield Secondary Science: General Guidance

Nuffield Secondary Science carried out the ‘bold experimentation’ necessary to devise a new curriculum for the majority of students in secondary schools that the Newsom Report, Half Our Future had called for in 1963.The principles underpinning the new approach were set out in a general teachers’ guide. The...
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1970 - 1979

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Nuffield Secondary Science: Themes

The developers of Nuffield Secondary Science described the resources they published as a 'quarry' from which teachers could select suitable material to build courses that would be significant for their students. The resources are divided into eight themes. Each theme is divided in a number of fields of study. The...
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1970 - 1979

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Nuffield Secondary Science: Teaching Resources

Most of the publications produced by the Nuffield Secondary Science project were designed to provide ideas for teachers. The detailed guidance was intended to help teachers to plan and implement science courses for the three-quarters of young people in secondary schools that would not take O-level. The books with...
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1970 - 1979

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Nuffield Science 13 to 16: B Units

The 15 Basic ('B') units for year three (now year nine) of Nuffield 13 to 16 each included enough material for six double periods. Schools were expected to cover five units in a term. The booklets for students were supplemented by worksheets, to be found in the middle of most teachers’ guides. These could be copied...
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1970 - 1979

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Revised Nuffield Physics

The Nuffield Physics course for students aged 11–16 was first published in 1966. The course was revised and republished in 1977 following extensive consultations with teachers and visits to see the course in action in schools. Feedback from the O-level examiners also informed the changes made to the programme.The...
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1970 - 1979

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Revised Nuffield Physics Year 3

The authors of Revised Nuffield Physics hoped that the third year of the course would be a year of capable play in physics, for students with a wide variety of abilities and interests. They wanted students to enjoy being scientists, doing experiments and sometimes thinking about them. Year 3 included two major...
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1970 - 1979

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Revised Nuffield Physics Year 4

The authors of Revised Nuffield Physics Year 4 used the imagery of a journey to explain how the year’s work fitted into the course as a whole. From this point of view, in years 1 and 2 the students took a journey in a bus across some of the foreign countryside of physics: making acquaintance with things seen from the...
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1970 - 1979

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Revised Nuffield Physics Year 5

The final year of Revised Nuffield Physics was a year of important experiments and ideas, drawing upon the work of previous years, but expecting more imaginative thinking, more reasoning, and new experimenting. The aim was to help students to develop some taste for theory and to explore further in atomic physics in...
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1970 - 1979

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Schools Council Reports

There were close links between the Nuffield Foundation and the Schools Council in the planning and evaluation of the Nuffield Secondary Science Project. Following publication of the Newsom Report, the Council commissioned a group of experts to prepare the ground for the Nuffield project. The findings were published as...
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1970 - 1979

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