The Chemical Education Research Group is delighted to announce the launch of its teacher-researcher scheme. This new project is targeted at early researchers who are teaching chemistry and who would like to undertake research into some aspect of chemistry education. The aim of the scheme is to mentor these early researchers, provide small grant support, and to produce findings which will be of interest (and use) to other educators. We will be working with our sister Interest Group Educational Techniques in the administration and management of the scheme.
A maximum of 4 for this pilot phase teachers/ lecturers in school, higher education or other educational establishment will be mentored as they undertake a small-scale piece of action research on the teaching of chemistry in their work place. (Chemistry education could be considered as part of the broader science curriculum but there must be some explicit focus on chemistry education). The research would be very practically focused, without the requirement for as much formal engagement with literature as might be encountered on an academically accredited route. However, research mentors will ensure that all proposals meet with ethical requirements before the research begins. Up to £500 will be offered to reimburse for out-of-pocket expenses, including supply cover where needed. It is intended that the teacher-researchers would present their findings at suitable events, for example MICER/ASE/ ViCE, wherever possible, and the allocated money could be used towards attendance. The selected teacher-researchers will also be supported in sharing the work with other teachers through Education in Chemistry and/or the CERG web site. Participation should, therefore, give the teacher-researcher valuable exposure to research communities as well as helping them to start on their own research pathway.
Interested parties should send a 500 word description of their proposed research to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 12th, explaining its relevance to their own teaching, other factors in their choice of topic such as literature they have read, and an outline of the of way they would carry out their research. Applications from school teachers are especially encouraged. If the research is being carried out with pupils in school, the approval of the head teacher will be required before the research can actually begin, but will not be needed at the point of application. All applications will be judged by the CERG committee and applicants will be notified by November 19th 2017.