The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Jelly Baby Waves at Egg Parachute - W15

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : HumSS, 128

Speakers

  1. Katy Sparrow - STEMNET

Silly title? Maybe! It's a compilation of practical activities which have already been delivered in STEM Clubs across the UK. In this workshop you will speed network around practical activities demonstrated by STEM Club members, talk to teachers who have set up and developed STEM Club and STEM Ambassadors who have supported clubs! If you want to deliver fun and rewarding ways to boost enjoyment and learning across STEM outside of the classroom, this is the workshop for you!

Language-Driven Human Cognition - T34

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Dr Panos Athanasopoulos - School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading

What properties of human cognition developed and were improved by the evolution of language? Which kinds of thinking depend most on language? What happens to these thinking processes when language isn�t available (either through brain damage, or laboratory-induced verbal shadowing)? Does learning a new language change the way bilinguals think and perceive the world? This talk will bring together evidence from psycholinguistics and experimental psychology to begin to answer these questions.

Developing Maths Skills in KS3 Science - W17

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, 201

Speakers

  1. Richard Perring - Devon Secondary Teacher Training Group/South Dartmoor Community College

How are you making questioning more mathematical for your KS3 students in light of the new curriculum? How do you show that your KS3 students have a secure understanding of mathematical concepts and can securely calculate results? This practical workshop will look at strategies for enhancing mathematical understanding . Drawing on research, classroom practice and the perception of what maths is, you will leave with resources and enthusiasm to make a significant difference to delivering the maths when working scientifically.

IBL Workshop: Maths and Science for Life - W18

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, G14

Speakers

  1. Pete Sorensen - University of Nottingham
  2. Len Newton - University of Nottingham

This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore materials from the �Maths and Science for Life� (Mascil) project. The project involves the collaboration of teachers and teacher educators across thirteen countries of Europe. The materials being developed are part of a toolkit designed to support teachers and CPD providers in developing inquiry based teaching approaches linked closely to the world of work. There will be an opportunity to discuss the materials and consider further involvement with this exciting project.

Rich Science Teaching and Learning - T37

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 16:00

Location : Henley, G04

Speakers

  1. Dr Wai Yi Feng - University of Cambridge
  2. Dr Judith Hillier - University of Oxford
  3. Dr Anne Bowker - King's College London

This session reports on a Royal Society International Scientific Meeting held in September 2014, focusing on three key questions: What sort of science teachers do we want in our schools? How should science teachers� subject-specific professional learning needs be met? How can we make best use of formal educational provisions and informal learning opportunities to engage all students in STEM? Presentations of leading researchers in science education and discussions addressing these questions will be summarised for a teacher audience.

Electrostatics - W16

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : AMS, Lab G8

Speakers

  1. Barry Hawkins - Data Harvest

Banish the large cumbersome Van de Graaff to history. No more waiting for dry days, getting hair dryers out. High voltage electrostatics on tap. Interactive activities to study static electricity. With luck we will make and power a plastic cup motor. Bring your own woolly jumpers and fly away hair for shock, not shocking lessons! Party balloons supplied!

Children Owning Assessment - T40

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Chem, LT 2

Speakers

  1. Chris Smith - Essex Education Services -Target Tracker

John Hattie�s research shows that one of biggest factors involved in accelerating progress is children having ownership of their assessments illustrated in Visual Learning In line with this research, Essex County Council through its Target Tracker development has produced the Test Analysis Suite. This session will illustrate how schools have implemented this system and show the impact it has on children�s learning and progress. �TAS is all about you and how you feel you did� Yr6 pupil.

Earth Theme - Earth Science Out of Door for KS2,3&4 - W20

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Chemistry, Lab G

Speakers

  1. Elizabeth Devon - Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)
  2. Peter Kennett
  3. Chris King

Have you ever asked yourself, �How can I use the area outside the door of my classroom to teach Earth science principles�? If you have, some of the answers will be revealed on the Reading Campus using opportunities available around many schools. So, bring your coat and be ready to be involved in teasing out Earth science principles from outdoor things that many people take for granted.

Modern Methods of Teaching Traditional Physics - BC06

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Chemistry, Lab 1

Speakers

  1. Frank Campbell - Irwin Science Education

New resources for teaching practical physics. Simple to use, easy to set-up, stimulating for students and curriculum relevant

Science Teaching: What Works? - T33

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 106

Speakers

  1. Stuart Naylor - Millgate House Education
  2. Jo Moules - Millgate House Education

Teaching isn�t an evidence-based profession in the same way as medicine is. However that doesn�t mean that we should ignore whatever evidence is available. This thought-provoking session lifts the lid on what really works in the classroom and how we know. It draws on extensive research evidence of successful classroom practice, but focuses on the practicalities of science teaching and learning.

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