Download full text
Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ1118893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Factors Influencing Teachers in Engaging with University Outreach: Is It Just Cost?
Glover, S. R.; Harrison, T. G.; Shallcross, D. E.
Higher Education Studies, v6 n4 p70-80 2016
A chemistry outreach day event was offered, free-of-charge, to schools in the south west of England who do not normally engage with Bristol ChemLabS outreach events delivered at the University of Bristol. The participating teachers were interviewed to find out their expectations of the day in terms of helping their students or in helping the teachers, whether the "free" aspect, or not, triggered the application to the event and whether finance or other barriers normally prevented engagement in such events. The value versus cost of such outreach an event is discussed. While finance was the biggest issue for the majority of the interviewed teachers they recognised the value of the inspiration rather than subject knowledge acquisition for their students. The advantages for the teachers were seen as better motivated students and the likelihood of more students taking their subject at higher levels. Having attended such an event and observing the quality and impact on their students, teachers were more inclined to engage in the future whether there was a financial charge or not.
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Chemistry, Performance Factors, Influences, Science Fairs, Science Projects, Cost Effectiveness, Barriers, Teacher Participation, Semi Structured Interviews, Information Sources, Expectation, Educational Benefits, Relevance (Education), Secondary School Teachers, Science Course Improvement Projects, Foreign Countries
Canadian Center of Science and Education. 1120 Finch Avenue West Suite 701-309, Toronto, OH M3J 3H7, Canada. Tel: 416-642-2606; Fax: 416-642-2608; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/hes
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A