What benefits are there for teachers?
Café Scientifique relies on the support of teachers to attend cafés, enthuse students, help with organisational details (such as venue
and timing) and act as a bridge when students leave school. For much of
the time this support could be minimal, although we hope you will find
it enjoyable and stimulating. Schools seeking Specialist Status have to
provide evidence of new initiatives and starting a Café Scientifique may
well be seen as an appropriate activity.
Avenues of approach aren’t restricted to science. Because the topics are
being questioned and debated, rather than taught, the initiative may
come from teachers of religious education, democracy studies, politics,
citizenship courses or media studies. Indeed this has already happened
at one London comprehensive school, where a media studies teacher is
incorporating a café into the study of how well the public are informed
Cafe Scientifique will be student-, not teacher-led. Although a café
might seem an extra burden on an already heavy workload, we’d stress
that, ideally, you will only be the link between your students and the
project, not the organising force behind it. In addition there might
well be benefits in the form of extra input into the curriculum and a
valuable personal link with university colleagues.
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We want to know how the experience of being a cafe organiser worked for
you, learn from our mistakes and see what we can do better. So we'd be
grateful if you'd give us some feedback.
- To complete the Organisers' feedback form on-line,
- To download the form as a Word document,
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