Factors Influencing Teachers in Engaging with University Outreach: Is it Just Cost?

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A chemistry outreach day event was offered, free-of-charge, to schools in the south west of England who do not normally engage with Bristol ChemLabS outreach events delivered at the University of Bristol. The participating teachers were interviewed to find out their expectations of the day in terms of helping their students or in helping the teachers, whether the “free” aspect, or not, triggered the application to the event and whether finance or other barriers normally prevented engagement in such events. The value versus cost of such outreach an event is discussed. While finance was the biggest issue for the majority of the interviewed teachers they recognised the value of the inspiration rather than subject knowledge acquisition for their students. The advantages for the teachers were seen as better motivated students and the likelihood of more students taking their subject at higher levels. Having attended such an event and observing the quality and impact on their students, teachers were more inclined to engage in the future whether there was a financial charge or not.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-80
Number of pages11
JournalHigher Education Studies
Issue number4
Early online date1 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016


  • chemistry outreach
  • financial barriers to engagement
  • value versus cost


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