The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2017 - University of Reading

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Electronics - a disappearing dimension in schools - W06

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Location : HumSS, G25

Speakers

  1. The Greater Manchester STEM Centre

Once upon a time Electronics and Control Technology were the domain of the forward-looking Science Department. Along came the National Curriculum and they were transferred to the Design and Technology Department. Fewer schools are offering these in Key Stage 4 and inevitably Post 16 courses too. The session will remind delegates about unused and forgotten equipment that may be in cupboards. Hint - do you know what M.F.A stands for.Its MicroElectronics for All.

CANCELLED: New biology�new practicals REPEATED - T02

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Location : -, -

Speakers

  1. CLEAPSS

Biology is advancing very rapidly and the new understanding is increasingly seen in everyday life. Each iteration of GCSE or A level therefore includes new aspects of molecular biology, physiology and ecology, to prompt students to learn the theory.However, students often find the new material difficult to grasp because it is so abstract. This workshop gives ideas for simple hands-on practicals that help students to understand the experimental basis for the modern Biology. As the practicals are investigative, the students can also make some discoveries of their own!!!After all, isn�t the 21st Century the "Age of Biology".

Contact email for web/handbook : www.cleapss.org.uk

GCSE skills and data logging REPEATED - W04

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Location : HumSS, 128

Data logging is in the new specifications and skills assessment. Explore how to integrate Data logging into the practical assessment. BYOD is encouraged, bring your iPad, Android or WiFi enabled PC preloaded with EasySense data logging software free from www.data-havest.co.uk or relevant app store. Workshop PCs are also available.

Contact email for web/handbook : Sales@data-harvest.co.uk

CANCELLED - BERG: A longitudinal study of the impact of pre-service teacher training in health education and the implications for biology teaching. - T07

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Location : -

Speakers

  1. University of Southampton

This session will explore a project investigating health education. The findings indicate that whilst training increased levels of knowledge, skills and confidence to teach health education, this was lower in topics such as sex and relationship education and drug education than other topics such as healthy eating. As these are often aspects left for biology teachers to deliver there are implications for how they are trained to manage these sensitive issues. Further analysis revealed that there were statistical differences between what science and non-science trainees thought were important / useful topics to be included in training with specific topics such as SRE, alcohol and drug education etc. regarded as more important by science trainees. This would seem to reflect the fact that science, and in particular biology trainees know that they have to teach these topics.

AQA & CLEAPSS Practical Hub launch - S02

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:30 - 11:00

Location : HumSS, G27

Speakers

  1. AQA - Steve Jones
  2. CLEAPSS

Find out what makes great practical work and about the range of sessions on offer during the conference.

Contact email for web/handbook : www.aqa.org.uk/science

The language of mathematics in science: an FE perspective - W33

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 103

Speakers

  1. ASE

The ASE's Language of Mathematics in Science project produced guidance on developing common language and procedures in science and mathematics lessons at 11-16. The outcomes of this project have implications for using mathematical skills in post 16 science teaching.

Qualification reform; a two-way conversation - T14

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 102

Speakers

  1. Ofqual

In brief, I will share information about the reforms to GCSEs and A levels, with particular emphasis on the changes to practical science at GCSE, science awarding and the A level practical endorsement. I should also be able to share some of the emerging insight from our research into the impact of the A level practical changes, although this is TBC. I�ll share some resources we have prepared for teachers to use in schools. The session will have plenty of opportunities for colleagues to feed back how the reforms are affecting them and their students.

Our next generation of technicians - W10

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 103

Speakers

  1. City and Islington College - Dave Martin
  2. City and Islington College - Chris Harris
  3. University of Reading

Vocational teaching and learning for should have a �clear line of sight to work'to help learners succeed and support businesses in gaining employees with relevant skills and knowledge.

How to get your students solving physics problems - W172

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Exhibition Marquee, The Pearson Teaching, Learning and Assessment Hub

Speakers

  1. Isaac Physics

An opportunity to discuss a key physics skill needed to deepen understanding of the concepts, allow access to the leading universities, and developing pupils'confidence. Free resources provided by the Physics Olympiad and Isaac Physics will be presented, and how teachers can use them in class and as extension materials, without stress!

Contact email for web/handbook : isaacphysics.org

BERG: An approach to learning A level biology - T15

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Carrington, 201

This presentation will provide an overview of a project to produce resources designed to help pupils develop their understanding of A level biology through a programme of directed independent learning and investigative practical work. The presentation will include a review of the approaches taken in the programme and outcomes.

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