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Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project Chemistry A-level

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA CNU/CAL
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project Chemistry A-level
Date(s): 1962-1974
Level of description: Sub-fonds of Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project
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Extent: 34 boxes
Name of creator(s): Chelsea College | Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project | Chemistry A-level
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

The development of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project A-level Chemistry course was the responsibility of Mr E H Coulson. The trial schools originally numbered twelve and were selected to give a reasonable range of pupil ability, type of school and geographical distribution. In all, some 250 pupils were involved, taking the first A-level examination in the summer of 1968. Publications included the Teachers' Guide, suggesting lines of treatment for topics in the course; the Pupils' Guide to experimental investigations; and Data Sheets, for use in discussing problems and ideas arising from experimental work and to provide information needed in answering questions set for homework and in examinations. Other materials included Information for Pupils, providing material not present in other text books; and Specimen Problems to cover all aspects of work done, including a range of questions. Special Studies at Chemistry A-level involved the study by students of two courses chosen from Metallurgy, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry or Food Science, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Ion Exchange Processes and Natural and Synthetic Fibres.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records, 1962-1974, on the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project Chemistry A-level course with some papers relating also to the Chemistry O-level and to the Chemistry Project overall, comprising papers on Chemistry O- and A-level, 1964-1967, including papers on trials by schools and training courses; Chemistry A-level general files and correspondence, 1966-1971, including general framework of a proposed course, 1966, circulars to schools, and papers relating to meetings, including the headquarters team; correspondence files, 1963-1971, including team leaders and trials schools; administrative correspondence, 1964-1974, including finance and enquiries; teachers' courses and correspondence with schools offering A-level Chemistry, 1968-1974; papers relating to examinations, 1966-1972, including statistics, question papers, and marking schemes; papers relating to examinations, 1964-1974, including sample examination papers and correspondence with schools concerning examination papers and past pupils and with universities concerning admissions; papers relating to examinations, 1966-1972, including examinations meetings and reports; trial school briefing conferences and meetings, including agendas and minutes, 1966-1969; A-level Chemistry reports and documents, 1965-1966, including objectives, apparatus and materials, experiments, topics, teaching materials, training and trial schools; A-level chemistry correspondence and topic 17, 1966-1973, including correspondence with the Schools Council and papers relating to the topic on thermodynamics; papers on publications, apparatus and equipment, A-level Chemistry, 1965-1974; papers on Special Studies, 1965-1972, including papers of the working groups, outline and intention of Special Subjects, and correspondence with schools; files, 1965-1972, relating to various Topics; guides to Topics, A-level Chemistry, 1967, mostly Teachers' Guides, and Information for Pupils; other guides and programmed texts, on various Topics, c1967-1969; Chemistry O- and A-level general papers, 1962-1973, including papers relating to accommodation of the Chemistry section of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project, 1962, papers relating to the establishment of the chemistry project, 1962-1964, and papers and correspondence on apparatus, the distribution of texts, and examinations; Chemistry Project Notes for Discussion, 1962; Chemistry Project Memoranda, 1962.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in series as outlined above.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

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.

Finding aids:

This summary guide and detailed catalogue online and available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

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); Biology O-level, 1962-c1973 (Ref: CNU/BOL); Biology A-level, 1963-1972 (Ref: CNU/BAL); 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).

Publication note:

Description Notes

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.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2001, Mar 2001

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