The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Embedding 'Working Scientifically' Skills within Real-life Contexts - W52

Friday 9th January 2015

12:30 - 13:30

Location : HumSS, G44

Speakers

  1. Jenny Harvey - CIEC Promoting Science

In this session you will use engaging, real life contexts from CIEC Promoting Science to explore links to the new primary science curriculum. Through practical activities you will develop a greater awareness of the new age appropriate standards of expectation embedded within 'Working Scientifically' and use these to plan for adequate challenge and progression from Year One to Year Six.

Getting Started with SOLO Taxonomy - T103

Friday 9th January 2015

12:30 - 13:30

Location : Henley, G03

Speakers

  1. Michelle Pope - Reigate Grammar School
  2. Sarah Pannell - Lingfield Notre Dame School

Balancing the need of all learners whilst covering the breadth of the curriculum is a significant challenge in science education. SOLO taxonomy allows teachers to set differentiated learning outcomes and provide a personalised learning experience by encouraging deeper thinking. Particularly useful for promoting synthesis of concepts, it also promotes self-assessment and reflection by learners. Michelle and Sarah will introduce SOLO taxonomy and reflect on how it can improve learning in science by using examples from their classes. They will address both the theoretical basis of this pedagogy and will offer practical, take away strategies for getting started using SOLO taxonomy in your classes.

Mapping CPD to Teacher Standards - T104

Friday 9th January 2015

12:30 - 13:30

Location : HumSS, 124

Speakers

  1. Mark Langley - National Science Learning Centre
  2. Becca Knowles - National Science Learning Centre

CPD from the network of Science Learning Centres can be effectively mapped out to Teacher Standards, so helping teachers access suitable CPD.

Ready-to-Load Dye Electrophpresis - W50

Friday 9th January 2015

12:45 - 13:45

Location : Exhibition Marquee, A110

In this hands-on workshop, you will explore four hot topics in biotechnology using Gel Electrophoresis: DNA Fingerprinting, Paternity Testing, Medical Diagnostics, and Genetically Modified Organisms. Brightly coloured dyes simulate DNA fragments, eliminating post-electrophoresis staining and saving you valuable classroom time! Results are analyzed using a semi-logarithmic plot, which fosters critical thinking skills and STEM learning techniques.

Biotechnology Basics - W67

Friday 9th January 2015

12:45 - 14:00

Location : Exhibition Marquee, A110

Feeling overwhelmed by the wide array of experiments performed in biotechnology laboratories? If so, join us for a hands-on workshop! You will explore biotechnology techniques commonly used in research labs (DNA isolation, PCR and gel electrophoresis). Once these experiments are incorporated into your curriculum, your students will be able to see how abstract concepts like genetic engineering work in a real-world context.

Biology in the Real World - Beloved Barnacles: Learning from Darwin's Collections - T105

Friday 9th January 2015

13:30 - 14:15

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. Miranda Lowe - Natural History Museum

Ten years after returning from the Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin prepared to embark on another journey of discovery - this time of a slightly different kind. The year was 1846, and Darwin was fascinated by barnacles of all shapes and sizes. He studied their structures and life history over a period of eight years, developing a natural classification system that is still used today. We'll examine the importance of Darwin's collection and its relevance to a scientist of today.

Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) Findings Year 2 - T109

Friday 9th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Sarah Earle - Bath Spa University

Now in its second year, the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project is considering how teachers can be supported to assess science in primary schools. The project is based at Bath Spa University and is funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust. The team have worked with local project schools, the Primary Science Quality Mark and the Primary Science Teaching College. Findings and support materials will be shared and discussed.

Developing Literacy Skills in Science - D06

Friday 9th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : HumSS, 124

Speakers

  1. Ed Walsh - Cornwall Learning

KS4 science courses involve students in producing extended written responses and for this to be successful approaches need to be embedded in KS3. This workshop features a number of practical classroom strategies to support students in producing written outcomes that are both more detailed and of higher quality. Participants will be encouraged to try these out, discuss their impact and take details away to enable them to use the approaches in their own lessons. Sponsored by Collins Education.

Links Between Air Pollution and Climate Change - T110

Friday 9th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Dr Nicolas Bellouin - Department of Meteorology, University of Reading

Climate change is often described as resulting from increases in carbon dioxide alone, but is in fact the result of the competition between the warming caused by greenhouse gases and the cooling caused by particles of pollution. In this presentation, we will describe how particles of pollution affect the Earth's climate, and discuss the dilemma of current air quality policy: how to reduce pollution levels without leaving an increasing fraction of greenhouse gas warming unopposed?

Gut Bugs: Drivers of Immune and Metabolic Health? - T106

Friday 9th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, G15

Speakers

  1. Dr Marie Lewis - Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading

The bacterial population of the small intestine develops during infancy and drives the expansion of the immune system and influences metabolism. It is becoming apparent that many immune and metabolic conditions including allergy, obesity and diabetes, can originate during early life and are linked to disrupted patterns of intestinal colonisation. Such disruption can be caused by antibiotics, formula feeding and caesarean delivery. This talk explores possible interventions which could 'rescue' infants from increased risk of disease susceptibility.

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