- Start date: 1 January 1990
- End date: 31 January 1992
- Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Primary investigator: Professor James Donnelly
This project, which studied the implementation of the policy of assessing pupils' laboratory work within the GCSE examination was funded by the ESRC. It ran from 1990-92 and involved over 100 interviews with teachers and the deployment of a national questionnaire.
The main outcome of the project was a book entitled: DONNELLY, J.F., BUCHAN, A.S., JENKINS, E.W. and WELFORD, A.G. (1993). Policy, practice and professional judgement: school-based assessment of practical science. Driffield: Studies in Education Ltd., 170pp. ISBN 0-905484-60-6.
In addition, this project together with two others - Realising Policy in Sc1 (1993-5) and Change and Continuity in Classrooms - have been brought together with other work into a book entitled: Science Education. Policy, professionalism and change, published in 2001 by Paul Chapman Publishing. ISBN 0-7619-6444-4.