The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Biology and Geography: Natural Bedfellows for Fieldwork? - T136

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 11:00

Location : Palmer, 102

Speakers

  1. Marianne Cutler - ASE
  2. Alan Kinder - Geographical Association

A workshop to share skills and techniques in data collection and analysis for effective biology and geography fieldwork. Participants will have the opportunity to try out the latest mobile technologies and sensors. Organised by ASE's Outdoor Science Working Group in partnership with the Geographical Association.

Running a Science Journal Club - W77

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 106

Speakers

  1. Dr Sarah Pannell - ASE Region SE

Teachers often encourage their students to 'read around' the subject to broaden their understanding and improve their scientific knowledge, but do the students know how to do this? In this session, we will explore how an academic Journal Club model can be used to encourage A-level students to develop broader scientific literacy, and how students are able to access challenging scientific articles. Suggestions of articles that can be used to start your own Journal Club will be provided.

Schools and Scientists Working in Partnership - T134

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. Rachel Haydon - ZSL London Zoo
  2. Ngozi Okwesa - Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre

The Urban Habitats Project is a partnership between Swiss Cottage School and the Zoological Society of London, funded by a Royal Society Partnership Grant. The project partnered the school with a ZSL research scientist and education staff, to engage students with special education needs with, and to monitor, biodiversity onsite at school. The aim was to create a stimulating and sustainable learning environment allowing all students to be engaged, on some level, in improving, surveying and enjoying biodiversity. A key element of the project was to share what they have learned and created with the community.

Earth Theme - Working with Rocks and Fossils - BC13

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 11:00

Location : Booked course, pre-registration required. Confirmed upon booking.

Try sorting minerals by devising and discussing criteria, then use the knowledge gained to work through rock identification at different levels with the ESTA kit of 15 rocks. Test rock porosity and make your own well. Look at rock erosion and its place in the rock cycle. Consider the formation of fossils, how they provide information relating to previously living things and their place as evidence of evolution.

Toys: Science, Technology and History - BC14

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Booked course, pre-registration required. Confirmed upon booking.

Toys can be a wonderful starting point for a topic. They usually exploit a scientific concept and are often the driver for a new technology. We are not promoting computer games but use more traditional toys as our examples. Toys utilise materials, forces, sound, magnetism and light. During the session we'll cover the changes that materials technology have brought to toys in the last 200 years. Participants will construct some toys from paper, card, wood and string. There will be a bag of toys to take away - a dilemma you may face - to convince family or work colleagues that you have been to a serious science education conference and not just to play with toys.

Biology Practicals that Work: Hands-on Drop-in Session - D17

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 11:20

Location : AMS, Lab G11

Speakers

  1. Dan Jenkins - Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS)

Looking for reliable new biology practicals? We've got a lab full of ideas for you, with engaging and affordable practicals on a range of key curriculum topics - and there'll be plenty of free teaching resources to take away. We'll be troubleshooting your old favourite practicals, and introducing new ones developed over the last year. Different materials and practicals will be targeted towards technicians, early-career / student teachers, and experienced teachers. Drop in at any time throughout the session.

Excelling in Primary Science - W75

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HumSS, 126

Speakers

  1. Tanya Shields - National Science Learning Centre

This practical workshop will introduce teachers to the highly successful Science Learning Centre Primary Science Specialist CPD. Participants will be able to sample some of the activities undertaken as part of the CPD and identify how to become a Science Learning Centre Primary Science Specialist.

Exciting Science Clubs for KS1 - W79

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : AMS, G9

Speakers

  1. Nicky Waller - CIEC Promoting Science

Why should Key Stage Two get all the best clubs? Who said 5-7 year olds were too young for a science club? In this practical workshop, you will try out a range of carefully planned, tried and tested science activities either created for or adapted to suit children in Key Stage One. Explore how you could organise and manage a science club in your school, access reasonably priced resources and inspire even the youngest of our future scientists.

Designing Action Research - W80

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 104

Speakers

  1. Deb McGregor - Oxford Brookes University

There are different ways to approach Action Research. It is commonly thought of as an individual evaluating the impact of their changed practice. It can also be conceptualised as a collective endeavour. This workshop describes different ways of designing action research and discusses the key characteristics of a rigorous inquiry.

Teachers as Researchers - W76

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 11:00

Location : HUMSS, 125

Speakers

  1. Katy Bloom - National Science Learning Centre

There is a growing call for 'teachers as researchers' within the education landscape, as evidence-informed practitioners, and as producers of research themselves: to implement new approaches to teaching, to evaluate the effects and reflect on the impact on both themselves and students An action research methodology therefore works really well for teaching staff, but how do you actually go about doing it? This workshop will go through the nuts and bolts of AR, and encourage you to plan a piece of research to carry out yourself in the classroom.

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