Chemical Education Research

The Chemical Education Research Group (CERG) is one of the RSC's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit RSC members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter.


The CERG is concerned with promoting research at all levels of education and disseminating research findings to members of the Group. Members of CERG can help one another by sharing research expertise and locate others with similar interests through the Group's database. 

At present, the Committee is working on the following projects:

  • the preparation of short papers summarising key areas of research, 
  • an investigation into excellence in chemistry teaching in the UK. 

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members who are keen to get involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary.

Describing Practice in Chemistry Teachers: the DePiCT project

The Chemistry Education Research Group (CERG) is undertaking a project investigating how difficult chemistry concepts are taught, especially by "expert" teachers. It is believed that documenting this would help provide a baseline of expertise on which new / inexperienced teachers could draw. 

In addition, this will increase understanding and knowledge of teaching strategies that have genuine impact on students’ learning. 

There is growing concern about the level of expertise for teaching chemistry in general in many schools, and it is hoped that this project will generate data and potentially materials that may help retain good practice and promote active learning experiences for students.

CERG is seeking to find out how experienced practitioners teach chemistry, with the aim of understanding what they do in the classroom, and how they approach teaching the most demanding topics in Chemistry, including:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Chemical bonding
  • Organic synthesis
  • Periodicity and Group chemistry
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry 

The committee are seeking participation from as many teachers as possible. This involves providing information about how participants teach/have taught one or more chemistry concepts. 

This research is not limited to teachers who are members of CERG or the Royal Society of Chemistry. Members are encouraged to share information about this project with colleagues as appropriate. 

To take part in this project, please complete the proforma, available to download, and submit it to the group Secretary. The committee are also happy to conduct telephone interviews – for further information please contact the Secretary.

Join this Interest Group

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and would like to join an Interest Group, please contact Membership Department using the email link below with:

  • your name
  • your membership number
  • state the name of the group you wish to join  

Free membership of 3 Interest Groups is now included in the cost of RSC membership.

Downloadable Files

Annual Report 2015
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DePiCT Proforma
Download the survey to take part in this project
Related file iconOCX (21k)  

Contact and Further Information

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Dr Sarah Hayes MRSC
Chair & Secretary

Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141