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ERIC Number: ED504618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Evaluation of Future Blogs. Final Report
Haines, Ben; Straw, Suzanne
National Foundation for Educational Research
Future Blogs was developed through collaboration between the Royal Society of Chemistry and The Brightside Trust. It is an innovative e-mentoring scheme that links pupils studying chemistry with mentors from universities or industry and is based on the Bright Journals e-mentoring programme (an e-mentoring scheme targeted at 14-18 year olds interested in health care and medicine). The role of the mentor is to develop a supportive relationship with their mentee and to help their mentee become more aware of their potential to succeed through providing support and guidance in understanding the range of educational and career choices open to them. The scheme is aimed at pupils from years 9-13, particularly those from a widening participation background. It targets pupils with an interest in science who are considering furthering their chemical knowledge, be it to GCSE, A-level or degree level. As well as e-mentoring, the scheme also provides an extensive website with information relevant to pupils studying science or chemistry, or considering future science or chemistry related careers. This report presents the findings of a qualitative evaluation of the Future Blogs scheme undertaken by the National Foundation of Educational Research (NFER) between February 2008 and July 2008. The aims of the evaluation were to develop a greater understanding of the views of the pupils and teachers who had participated in the scheme and to assess their opinions on the relative success of the scheme. Pupils were asked about about their academic background including their interest and aptitude towards chemistry; the training and support they had received to use Future Blogs; their use of the Future Blogs website and opinions on the different features; their use of, and opinions on, the e-mentoring scheme; the impact of participating in the scheme on their attitudes towards chemistry and their future career plans; and their recommendations for future use. Teachers were asked about how they were introduced to the scheme, including reasons for participating; how they were trained; their opinions on pupil usage of the Future Blogs site and the training pupils received; the support they had provided to pupils; and lessons learned and their recommendations. The report makes recommendations to improve: (1) project management and delivery; (2) the structure and organisation of Future Blogs; (3) pupil selection and the promotion of Future Blogs; and (4) the website. (Contains 5 tables and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London); United Kingdom (Nottingham)