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ERIC Number: ED541216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov-16
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Review of the Contribution of the Scottish Science Centres Network to Formal and Informal Science Education: Report of Follow-Through Visits by HM Inspectorate of Education--June 2009
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
In 2006, the Scottish Executive's Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department (SEETLLD) asked HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) to carry out a review of the four Scottish science centres--Glasgow Science Centre (GSC), Our Dynamic Earth (ODE) in Edinburgh, Satrosphere Science Centre in Aberdeen, and Sensation Science Centre in Dundee. HMIE carried out the review between September and November 2006 and published a report of their findings in June 2007. The report identified the strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement at each centre. It also made a number of more generic recommendations for the Scottish Science Centres Network (SSCN) and the Scottish Executive, now the Scottish Government (SG). In June 2009, HM Inspectors carried out follow-through visits to the four centres and also met with the SSCN and representatives of OCSA. During the visits to the science centres, HMIE included a peer reviewer from another science centre on each of the teams. The review team talked with key stakeholders and members of centre staff, including chief executive officers (CEOs) and education managers, examined relevant documentation and centre websites and, where appropriate, observed interaction between staff and visitors. This report summarises the findings of the HMIE follow-through visits and notes under each recommendation the nature and extent of improvement which had been achieved.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Aberdeen); United Kingdom (Edinburgh); United Kingdom (Glasgow)