The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Supporting Teachers through GCSE Reform (Repeated) - T31

Thursday 8th January 2015

12:00 - 13:00

Location : HumSS, 25

Speakers

  1. Nigel English - AQA

Come and find out the latest on GCSE Science reform from our subject experts and discover how we will be supporting teachers through these new developments.

BERG - The Aim(s) of Teaching about Evolution Given the Widespread Existence of Creationism - T30

Thursday 8th January 2015

12:00 - 12:30

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Prof Michael Reiss - Institute of Education, University of London

We need clarity as to whether our aim when teaching evolution to students with creationist beliefs is for them to accept the theory of evolution or simply to understand it.

Jelly Baby Waves at Egg Parachute - W15

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 102

Speakers

  1. Katy Sparrow - STEMNET

Silly title? Maybe! It's a compilation of practical activities which have already been delivered in STEM Clubs across the UK. In this workshop you will speed network around practical activities demonstrated by STEM Club members, talk to teachers who have set up and developed STEM Club and STEM Ambassadors who have supported clubs! If you want to deliver fun and rewarding ways to boost enjoyment and learning across STEM outside of the classroom, this is the workshop for you!

Understanding Urbanisation, Energy and Climate - T44

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, G15

Speakers

  1. Dr Stefan Smith - School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading

Understanding the impact of increasing urbanisation on resource demand is vital to attaining sustainability targets. A major component of this 'urban metabolism' is energy use. However, in the context of changing energy systems and climate change, there is significant uncertainty associated with future energy demand and supply, and how this resource demand impacts on the sustainable development of cities. This talk explores some of the key methods used to improve understanding of urban sustainability.

Electrostatics - W16

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : AMS, G8

Speakers

  1. Barry Hawkins - Data Harvest

Banish the large cumbersome Van de Graaff to history. No more waiting for dry days, getting hair dryers out. High voltage electrostatics on tap. Interactive activities to study static electricity. With luck we will make and power a plastic cup motor. Bring your own woolly jumpers and fly away hair for shock, not shocking lessons! Party balloons supplied!

Developing Numeracy Skills in Science - D02

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : HumSS, 124

Speakers

  1. Ed Walsh - Cornwall Learning

There is a growing emphasis in KS3 and KS4 courses upon the role of numeracy. Students are expected to be competent and confident in using and applying numerical concepts such as calculations, graphs and sense of scale. This workshop will explore some practical classroom strategies that can be used to develop these skills; participants will be able to try some approaches out that they can then take away and use. Sponsored by Collins Education.

IBL Science Workshop: Maths for Life - W18

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Carrington, 101

Speakers

  1. Pete Sorensen - University of Nottingham
  2. Len Newton - University of Nottingham

This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore materials from the 'Maths and Science for Life' (Mascil) project. The project involves the collaboration of teachers and teacher educators across thirteen countries of Europe. The materials being developed are part of a toolkit designed to support teachers and CPD providers in developing inquiry based teaching approaches linked closely to the world of work. There will be an opportunity to discuss the materials and consider further involvement with this exciting project.

Better Practicals, Better Learning: Improve your Skills (Hands-On!) (Repeated) - D03

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 16:00

Location : AMS, Lab G11

Speakers

  1. Matt Endean - CLEAPSS
  2. Dan Jenkins - Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS)

A chance to get hands-on and try out new and interesting practical activities covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Many of these are based on the reduced scale principle. Also you can make your own equipment which you get to take back to school with you.

Language-Driven Human Cognition - T34

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Dr Panos Athanasopoulos - School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading

What properties of human cognition developed and were improved by the evolution of language? Which kinds of thinking depend most on language? What happens to these thinking processes when language isn't available (either through brain damage, or laboratory-induced verbal shadowing)? Does learning a new language change the way bilinguals think and perceive the world? This talk will bring together evidence from psycholinguistics and experimental psychology to begin to answer these questions.

Science Teaching: What Works? - T33

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Carrington, 201

Speakers

  1. Stuart Naylor - Millgate House Education
  2. Jo Moules - Millgate House Education

Teaching isn't an evidence-based profession in the same way as medicine is. However that doesn't mean that we should ignore whatever evidence is available. This thought-provoking session lifts the lid on what really works in the classroom and how we know. It draws on extensive research evidence of successful classroom practice, but focuses on the practicalities of science teaching and learning.

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