L&T Session C4: Chemical communications projects: inspiring the teachers of the future

Annie Hodgson, Department of Chemistry

Abstract | Presentation | Recording

Annie shared her innovative chemistry communications project with us. This project is offered as an alternative to a traditional lab based project to BSc (Hons) Chemistry students who aspire to a career in teaching. The project offers students the opportunity to engage with the educational theory they might encounter on a PGCE whilst enabling them to spend some time in a school. Students are required to spend at least 10 full days in the classroom of their project school and then devise a project which is in some way meaningful for the school they work with. Past students have undertaken a wide range of projects which have included the production of resources for project schools or working with individuals who may benefit from one-to- one support. Assessment for the module is part reflection, part teaching observation, part written assessment and part presentation.

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What struck me about this project was the opportunities it gives students to develop a wide variety of skills that are relevant not just to teaching but to any type of graduate career. This type of project and the out-reach variant Annie has created, would work equally well in other academic disciplines or in settings other than education. The project forms a great template for work based learning that could be incorporated in many of our programmes.

Jill Webb, York Management School, University of York 

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