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Publication date: 1995
Donated by: Eric Albone

A copy of this book is available for loan.

The contributors to the Compendium share the vision that key to engaging and motivating school students of all ages with science and its applications must be the provision of appropriate quality experiences of scientific exploration and application which give classwork real life meaning and challenge. Edited and compiled by three practicing science teachers, the Compendium was a first in drawing together examples of outstanding good practice in schools across the country, backed with a great mass of supporting information. Its aim was to encourage science teachers to think creatively about new possibilities for their own schools, and with charitable funds and following a Ministerial launch, copies were sent gratis to all secondary schools in Britain.

The issues raised in the Compendium are as pertinent now as when it was launched and remain the focus of the continuing work of the Clifton Scientific Trust.

Clifton Scientific Trust, 80pp, colour illustrations

Biography of Eric Albone, Nigel Collins, Trevor Hill (eds):
Dr Eric Albone is Deputy Chair and Honorary Secretary of the RSA Wales and Western Region and has been a practicing science teacher for many years, as well as a research scientist. He holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Oxford and has researched in Universities in the UK and USA. Much of this work is summarised in a seminal text "Mammalian Semiochemistry, the Investigation of Chemical Communication between Mammals" (Wiley-Interscience, 1984). He is much concerned with issues relating to the relationship between science and the community and science education and for many years taught at Clifton College, Bristol, being honoured in 1993 with the Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Chemical Education for "developing innovative and imaginative schemes for linking teaching in schools with the practice of chemistry and chemical research therefore enthusing countless young people with the excitement of chemical exploration." It was in this spirit that he co-founded Clifton Scientific Trust (reg charity 1086933, of which the Compendium is one early manifestation. He has also been for many years a Member of Council of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, is currently Chair of the BA Bristol and Bath Branch and also RSA representative on the Court of the University of Bristol.

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