Preparation of a Polymeric Foam: An Activity Designed to Increase Teachers' Awareness of the Utility of Condensation Polymerization

Fraser Scott, John Cullen

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The new Scottish “Curriculum for Excellence” places a greater emphasis on the societal implications of chemistry concepts, including polymer chemistry. This has led to many Scottish secondary school teachers having little experience and background knowledge with which to satisfactorily explore the topic of polymers as they deliver the curriculum. Here we detail our development of a practical demonstration of polymer foams and its inclusion in a continuous professional development module for Scottish secondary school teachers. This demonstration has now been incorporated into chemistry classrooms across Scotland as a means of exemplifying the topic of polymers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-422
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number3
Early online date10 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2018


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