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Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project Biology A-level

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA CNU/BAL
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project Biology A-level
Date(s): 1963-1972
Level of description: Sub-fonds of Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project
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Extent: 35 boxes
Name of creator(s): Chelsea College | Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project | Biology A-level
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1965 the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project (NFSTP) set aside 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.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

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.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

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); 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).


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, revised Mar 2001

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