The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Making the Most of Role Play Areas to Enhance Science in the Early Years - W88

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 106

Speakers

  1. Di Stead - DISteadScience
  2. Jessica Baines-Holmes - Brighton University

The role play area provides an excellent opportunity to support young children's learning in science. This workshop will explore the experiences children need to explore science ideas through play, the resources that enable them to make connections with the real world whilst also enabling them to be inquisitive and to explore ideas imaginatively.

Working with Others and Ethics - T144

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 104

Speakers

  1. John Oversby - University of Reading

Treating others involved in Action Research with a sense of fairness and justice is an important part of undertaking research. There are often quite different participants, including mentors, colleagues, adults who provide data, and students/ pupils who provide data. While this session is based on principles, I will deal with concrete examples of how to inform participants of their responsibilities and rights, how to collect and store consent, what data needs to be shared, ideas about confidentiality and anonymity, and requirements of data security and destruction. There are questions of protecting the reputation of institutions and individuals to be considered alongside research requirements to have open data and analysis. Science education research is a human matter, with a need to maintain and develop relationships.

Project 500: Promoting Science Reading for Pleasure - T143

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Henley, G04

Speakers

  1. Dr Ruth Jarman - Queen's University Belfast

'How to make a universe with 92 ingredients' - even the title of the book attracts attention and inside it is full of intriguing ideas and illustrations. It is typical of many science information books now being published which have the power to extend the knowledge and to excie the interest of children and young people. However, promoting science reading for pleasure is rarely a specific aim of our primary or secondary courses. This session presents ideas for encouraging such practice.

The Society of Biology's TalkBiology and Biology: Changing the World - T145

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Chemistry, LT G

Speakers

  1. Dr Amanda Hardy - Society of Biology
  2. Natasha Neill - Society of Biology

TalkBiology (30 minutes) Join TalkBiology (http://talkbiology.societyofbiology.org/) the Society of Biology's new online forum for primary teachers, school biology teachers and all professional science educators of students aged 5-19 years old to network and share resources, advice, questions and CPD ideas. Biology: Changing the World (30 minutes) The project collates and shares information about the great biologists and biologically significant locations in the UK and the resources produced will be shared with the public through social media, websites, mobile apps and resources for primary school children. Visit this session to find out more.

Igniting the Imagination - T147

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:15 - 12:15

Location : Chemistry, LT2

Speakers

  1. Fran Scott - Gratnells / Fran Scott

After completing her Msci in Neuroscience, Fran worked at the Science Museum in London where she discovered that enthusing young people about science was much more fun than sitting in a lab. She has since forged a successful career as a "science translator" touring her live shows and appearing in several series for CBBC, BBC Learning and BBC Worldwide. As with all her work, expect an exciting, inspiring and colourful presentation! Sponsored by Gratnells

Quality First Teaching: How to Make your Department Outstanding - T149

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:30 - 12:30

Location : Palmer, 102

Speakers

  1. David Swinscoe - ASE
  2. John Charlesworth

A workshop to consider how to achieve outstanding in your next inspection

Pre-school Predictors of Childhood Anxiety Disorders - T153

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:30 - 12:30

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Dr Helen Dodd - School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems affecting children. The aim of my research is to identify which children are most at risk for long-term problems with anxiety with a view to informing early intervention. In this presentation I will describe a longitudinal project that focuses on the role of child temperament, parent anxiety and parenting practices in the development of anxiety disorders from age four into middle childhood and beyond.

Looking into the Past to Understand Evolution and Future Implications for Biodiversity - T152

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:30 - 12:30

Location : Henley, G15

Speakers

  1. Dr Christopher Venditti - School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading

The combination of phylogenetic trees, which describe how species are related to each other, and characteristics of those species, provides a window through which it is possible to view historical evolutionary processes, giving us an understanding of how biodiversity has accumulated through time. Can we use this information to predict which species are evolutionarily primed to be resilient to anthropomorphic factors such as climate change, introduction of alien species and deforestation, which threaten current biodiversity?

AQA A-level Physics: New Qualification (Repeated) - T150

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:30 - 12:30

Location : HumSS, 25

Speakers

  1. Matthew Bennett - AQA

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

Gaia Science - W90

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:30 - 13:30

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Neil Herrington - Gaia's Company
  2. Peter Horton - Gaia's Company

The first part of the workshop offers an overview of the life and work of James Lovelock particularly Gaia theory. Workshop participants will then have the opportunity to engage with ways in which colleagues are already incorporating Gaia theory into their work and to develop their own curriculum responses to the theory. Participants will be made aware of the various organisations that offer support in this area and of the Lovelock Archive which is hosted by the Science Museum.

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