Education research and scholarship

This broad theme encompasses research and scholarship across the disciplines within the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

The Keele Centre for Team Based Learning (TBL) implements and evaluates the TBL methodology across a range of topics from organic chemistry to spectroscopy and assists colleagues at Keele and beyond in using the technique. The relationship between student success in assessment and feedback is explored through research into the impact of feedback cycles on developing scientific writing skills.

Other areas of work include Education for Sustainability, Supporting Diverse Groups of Students, Learning and Assessment in the Laboratory, and Authenticity and Engagement in Medicinal Chemistry.

Staff within this theme present regularly at internal, national and external conferences and recent highlights include hosting the 2021 Methods in Chemistry Education Research Conference, and a workshop on Decolonising the Chemical Sciences Curriculum sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Higher Education Group. Staff are also involved in the organisation of a range of other activities including the Enhancing Student learning through Innovative Scholarship meeting.

Areas of research

  • Team-based learning
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Education for sustainability
  • Learning and assessment in the laboratory
  • Supporting diverse groups of students
  • Authenticity and engagement in medicinal chemistry