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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA CNU/BAL
Title
NUFFIELD FOUNDATION SCIENCE TEACHING PROJECT: Biology A-level
Date(s)
1963-1972
Level of description
Sub-fonds of Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
35 boxes

Context

Name of creator(s)

Chelsea College, Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project

Administrative / Biographical history

In 1965 the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project (NFSTP) set aside Ā£100,000 for a programme of curriculum development in Biology A-level (BAL). The work was directed by joint organisers, Mr J P Kelly (of NFSTP) and Mr W H Dowdeswell (of Winchester College), and was guided by a consultative committee under the chairmanship of Professor J H Burnett, Professor of Botany at Newcastle University, with Professor D R Newth, Professor of Zoology at Glasgow University, as vice-chairman. The trials scheme was initially devised for the period September 1966 to July 1968. The teaching materials developed for the scheme included the Teachers' Guide, the Laboratory Handbook and the Projects Handbook. The students received the Laboratory Guide and Practical Book, the Problem Book and Student Study Books and Papers.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The records were transferred to King's College London Archives from the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project at Chelsea College.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records, 1963-1972, on the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project Biology A-level course, comprising administrative files, 1965-1970, including minutes of meetings, notes on topics and project work, discussion papers and copies of letters; correspondence files, 1965-1972, the subjects including topics, trials schools, acceptance of pupils with BAL at universities, colleges of advanced technology and medical schools, and requests for information; papers relating to meetings and conferences, 1963-1971, including minutes of the consultative committee, 1964-1968, and papers of the working party, area meetings, and various committees; papers on course contents and Topics Reviews, 1965-1970; papers on publications, 1966-1972, including publishers' introductory pamphlets, correspondence with publishers, and reviews of publications; Teachers' Guide and related papers, 1964-1971; papers relating to examinations, students, and students' texts, 1964-1971, including comments on examinations and results; papers on apparatus and materials, 1964-1971, including correspondence with suppliers; papers relating to questionnaires, 1966-1967, including returns from pupils and teachers' comments on course topics, known as Chapter Feedback.

System of arrangement

Arranged in series as outlined above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

English

Finding aids

List available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives holds the records of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project (NFSTP), 1949-1993 (Ref: CNU), the other sub-fonds comprising general papers, 1961-1974 (Ref: CNU/STP); the Secondary Science Education Programme, 1965-1974 (Ref: CNU/SS); the Junior Science Project, 1960-1974 (Ref: CNU/JSP); the Combined Science Project, 1964-1970 (Ref: CNU/CSP); A-level in Physical Sciences, 1955-1974 (Ref: CNU/ALPS); Physics A-and O-level, 1963-1972 (Ref: CNU/PAL, CNU/POL); Chemistry O-level, 1962-1974 (Ref: CNU/COL); Chemistry A-level, 1962-1974 (Ref: CNU/CAL); Biology O-level, 1962-c1973 (Ref: CNU/BOL); records relating to publications, also including material on NFSTP administration, 1949-1992 (Ref: CNU/PBN); published texts, 1960-1993 (Ref: CNU/TEXT); film loops and accompanying teaching notes, 1966-1978 (Ref: CNU/BOL/FL, CNU/COL/FL, CNU/BAL/FL, CNU/CAL/FL, CNU/PAL/FL, CNU/SS/FL, CNU/CSP/FL). It also holds records of the Schools Council Integrated Science Project (based, like the NFSTP, at Chelsea College and inspired by the Nuffield Combined Science Scheme), 1968-1984 (Ref: C/SCISP, C/SC, C/SCPT, C/SCI5-13).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: list at King's College London Archives.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2001, revised Mar 2001

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Subjects

  • Biology education
  • Curriculum
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational institutions
  • Educational levels
  • Educational personnel
  • Educational publications
  • Educational sciences
  • Equipment
  • Examinations
  • Field work
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Questionnaires
  • Research methods
  • Research work
  • Schoolchildren
  • Schools
  • Science education
  • Scientific equipment
  • Secondary school students
  • Secondary school teachers
  • Secondary schools
  • Student evaluation
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Teaching materials
  • Universities
  • Written examinations

Corporate names

  • Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project

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