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Dec 1, 2008

Visit Report Study

Visit Report Study from ZSL - London Zoo  
A two year project on providing visit report study days for post-16s 

During the 2006/7 academic year London Zoo’s educational offering to ‘A’ level students was reviewed and evaluated. An existing Biology Study Day had been popular with biology tutors, whose students were studying the Salter’s Nuffield Advanced Biology (SNAB) specification (www.advancedbiology.org). 

A main component of this course is for students to produce a Visit Report following a visit to ‘a place of biological interest’ during their first year. From all evaluation, discussions and research including watching SNAB days run by other institutions there was a strong indication that it would be beneficial for these students to meet practising research scientists.

The Institute of Zoology’s (IOZ) Research Council UK Fellows were asked if they would help with this project following our 2006/7 review. New SNAB Study Days were developed and practised during summer 2007. During 2007/8, 16 SNAB Study Days were delivered by two Education Officers and four contributing research Fellows. They were evaluated by students and also by tutors using feedback forms; this gave us a valuable insight especially into the students’ views of the study day.

As a result of the success of the course, Edexcel has now made SNAB content central to their new biology specification - their only biology ‘A’ level to be offered from September 2008. The IOZ RCUK fellows have agreed to contribute to this project further and we are expecting many more Visit Report students from September 2008. 

Developed by:  ZSL - London Zoo

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