aims to maintain a position at the leading edge of understanding
and involvement in issues of science and technology education
in the 5-14 age range. Research activity is the means through
which such an aim can be realised and all the centre's other activities.
Centre is frequently called upon to conduct evaluations of other
organisations' products and programmes. Sometimes this evaluation
is formative, generating feedback which contributes to the final
form of any given programme's output; less often, the evaluation
is required to be summative
to the development of school curricula grew out of in-house research.
Outcomes from the evaluation of the implementation of National
Curriculum Science Key Stages 1-3 (Volumes 1, 2 and 3 pub. SCAA
1993) contributed to the review of the Science National Curriculum
and current inputs to the professional development of teachers
of science include INSET courses for primary school teachers