The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Language of Mathematics in Science - W31

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 107

Speakers

  1. Marianne Cutler - ASE
  2. Richard Needham

ASE teacher members have raised concerns on many occasions over recent years that mathematical aspects of science are often not well understood by their students. Teachers are also concerned that they may be using different terminology or approaches when explaining ideas compared to those used by mathematics teachers, which can lead to confusion. At this particular time when new science curriculum statements give more prominence to mathematical skills, ASE is clear that science teachers will need support in effectively preparing to meet the challenges of these changes. This project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is developing guidance materials for KS3/4 teachers. This workshop invites teachers to identify and discuss issues for their students in effectively using mathematics in science.

Progression: Getting it Right in Science Departments - T69

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 102

Speakers

  1. Nich O'Brian - ASE
  2. Lorna Monroe

This session is lead by science teachers who are going to discuss progression and assessment for learning with examples of good practice from their own teaching.

Brenda Keogh Memorial Lecture by Paul McCrory - T70

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, G10

Speakers

  1. Paul McCrory - ASE

Paul McCrory is passionate about science and communicating this enthusiasm to others. Having worked in informal education in science centres and as an outreach organisation for 15 years, he has a wealth of experience in engaging a wide range of audiences in an accessible and interesting way. Paul now runs Learn Differently, a social enterprise which seeks to inspire everyone in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The Future of Cities and Urban Retrofitting - T64

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Prof Tim Dixon - School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading

Cities consume more than 75% of global energy and emit more than 70% of global greenhouse gases, yet they are powerful hubs and centres of urban innovation, and provide opportunities for economies of scale in tackling environmental issues. I will suggest how cities can respond to global challenges of energy, water and waste systems, and I will provide examples of how cities are planning for a more sustainable future by 2050.

The STEM Challenge - W33

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HUMSS, 125

Speakers

  1. Karen Hornby - National STEM Centre

The challenge is to get to grips with a range of toys and gizmos for inspirational science teaching in just one hour! There are so many engaging examples that pupils have access to but which are also great for teaching science concepts. This session takes a look at a variety of gizmos and gadgets and tries to unpick the science that sit behind them. The challenge is further extended to integrate these ideas into your teaching and learning.

AQA A-level Chemistry: New Specification (Repeated) - T63

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HumSS, 25

Speakers

  1. Caroline Chambers - AQA

An introduction to our new Chemistry specification. Come and learn about the changes to our A-levels, including linear assessment and how practical work will be assessed.

Practical Sixth Form Physics (Repeated) - W35

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Exhibition Marquee, A110

Speakers

  1. Karl Fairbank - Lascells

Come and have a look at some of the apparatus and resources that can be used to capture interest and enhance student learning in A' Level Physics - Includes a mix of traditional and unique experiments with a wealth of ideas all geared towards practical activities tied to the new curriculum.

Developing Analytical Thinkers: The Role of Technology and the Flipped Classroom Model - T74

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Carrington, 101

Speakers

  1. Steve Pincher - Espresso Education

This session will explore the role of a �flipped� science class model, what it looks like, why is works and how to encourage deeper learning techniques. Join us as we explore the �flipped� model in relation to science teaching and learning, promote active discussion and investigate science in relation to real world events.

Developing Scientific Thinkers: Getting the Most from the Extended Project Qualification - T76

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, 201

Speakers

  1. Kathryn Booth - Pearson

We have been told that students who complete an investigation as part of their A level course are better prepared for university courses in Science. This 1 hour session will give an overview of how the EPQ can be taught alongside A level Science courses effectively, and useful ideas for projects.

Resources for Particle Physics: the Particle Zoo, Strangeness, and Feynman diagrams - T77

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 11:30

Location : Palmer, G06

Speakers

  1. Cristina Lazzeroni - University of Birmingham

The classification of elementary particles will be reviewed, including the concepts of baryon, hadron, meson, strangeness and the quark model. The theory of Feynman diagrams and their usage for A-level particle physics will be revisited, with particular attention to the idea of propagators and virtual particles. Teaching resources will be explained and practiced, illustrating how they can be used effectively in the classroom.

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