The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Any Story, Any Age, Same Activity - W27

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : Palmer, 105

Speakers

  1. Martin Wesley - Sphere Science

A wide variety of activities which can be adapted easily across the whole of the primary age range. All these activities are designed to support the �working scientifically� aspect of the new Primary Curriculum.

The New North Yorkshire LA Scheme of Learning: Secondary - T47

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : Henley, 102

Speakers

  1. Terry Kirk - North Yorkshire LA
  2. Pam Waite - North Yorkshire LA

Implementing the new KS3 National Curriculum using materials produced by Advisers and Teachers in North Yorkshire. These allow you to audit existing and new SoLs and provide advice on using them to meet the STEM and employability skills agenda using STEM ideas from the real world.

Solving Problems in Sixth Form Physics - T175

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. Robin Hughes - Rutherford Schools Partnership & BPhO

Does solving problems in physics make for better understanding of the subject? What evidence is there that students gain by working through problem sets? Resources such as the Rutherford Physics Partnership and the British Physics Olympiad focus on this aspect of skill development. These will be described and the resources they provide presented, with suggestions for how they might be used in the classroom, without teacher loading. Examples of problems, each of specific interest, will be examined.

Milk: Friend or Foe? - T46

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : Chemistry, LT G

Speakers

  1. Ditte Hobbs - University of Reading

This talk will give an overview of the scientific evidence in relation to the role of milk in the diet, with specific emphasis on nutrient status in school children and chronic disease in later life.

BERG - Teaching Evolution in Primary Science: The Views of Undergraduate Trainee Primary Teachers - T51

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:15 - 15:45

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Dr Paul Davies - Institute of Education, University of London
  2. Dr Berry Billingsley - University of Reading

The requirement to teach evolution in Key Stage 2 science in the new science curriculum presents a challenge for teacher-educators to ensure that future primary teachers are prepared for the task. This session will describe a study with first year undergraduate, mainly non-science specialist, trainee teachers which investigated their understanding about, and attitudes towards teaching evolution and the powerful transformative effect that a short workshop had in helping prepare them to teach evolution.

Mathematics in the New Science Curriculum - T53

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:30 - 16:30

Location : HumSS, G27 LT

Speakers

  1. Richard Needham - AQA

Changes in the secondary science curriculum are putting more emphasis on the place of mathematics in learning and doing science. Whilst welcoming these changes we recognise that what our students learn in their mathematics lessons does not easily transfer across to science lessons. In this session we will consider some of the areas that students find difficult, some of the reasons for this difficulty and activities that can be used in science to help students.

IOP - Girls and Physics - T52

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:30 - 16:30

Location : AMS, 133

Speakers

  1. Clare Thomson - Institute of Physics

This session will look at the work the Institute has been doing since the publication of its report 'Closing Doors' in December 2013. The focus is particularly on co-ed schools and what they could be doing to challenge gender stereotyping. It will be looking at suggested interventions and resources to help with this work both at the whole-school level and in the physics classroom.

Earth Theme - Dougal Jerram: Beyond Fierce Earth - The Grand Canyon by Wooden Boat! - T55

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Chemistry, LT 1

Speakers

  1. Dougal Jerram - The ESTA/ESEU Distinguished Speaker

Earth science in the media: from Fierce Earth (CBBC) to Operation Grand Canyon (BBC2, Discovery), Dougal will talk about his experiences in Science Outreach. Highlights include: In 1869, nine men entered the unknown and unmapped Grand Canyon in three wooden boats, not knowing what they would find. In 2013, nine men in replica wooden boats entered the Grand Canyon on a new expedition, to follow in the footsteps of the 1869 adventure.

Getting Practical About Assessing Science - Debate - T60

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 18:00

Location : HumSS, G25

Speakers

  1. Prof Michael Reiss - National Science Learning Centre
  2. TBC

Professor Michael Reiss chairs this debate that explores �assessment of practical science�. Hosted by the National Science Learning Network, the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust. Come along and join us for a glass of wine and debate.

Diagrams: Tools for Thinking in Sciences and Mathematics - W28

Thursday 8th January 2015

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Henley, G03

Speakers

  1. Reading Teacher-Researcher Group - ASE

Embedded in a framework of research findings, gently fed in bite-sized chunks, we will explore how learners look at diagrams and how we can teach them to read diagrams better, and efficiently. We will also develop the important skill of diagram construction. Finally, we will touch on action research through a data collection exercise on group construction of a diagram which looks easy at first but gets challenging so you will go away inspired and more confident in using diagrams in science.

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