The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

Using STEM to Tackle Poverty - U15

Wednesday 7th January 2015

15:05 - 16:00

Location : Palmer, 104

Speakers

  1. Lynne Symonds - Wulugu Project/CASTME

One of the major factors impacting on poverty is lack of schooling for girls. Where communities decide to take this on themselves, rather than wait for external aid, there can be relatively rapid and permanent transformation of lives for all. If you are interested, come and hear about this from an ASE member who has had the honour of close involvement with villagers who are making socially relevant STEM available and accessible to thousands of girls in one of the most neglected regions of Ghana.

Botanical Miracles: The Chemistry of Plants that Changed the World'' - U11

Wednesday 7th January 2015

15:05 - 16:00

Location : Palmer, 102

Speakers

  1. Raymond cooper - Raymond Cooper
  2. Jeff Deakin

A multi-disciplinary presentation on the transformation of the natural chemicals derived from ancient plants, spices and perfumes into today's marvels of medicine, flavour and fragrance. Modern society is the recipient of these wonderful gifts of nature. This talk brings together the fascinating discovery and subsequent development of extracts from important plants that �changed the world� through human ingenuity. The talk forms the basis of a new science curriculum which inter-weaves the threads of science, chemistry, people and history associated with them and provides the chemistry of the important natural products and d uses these chemicals as a platform to introduce broader chemical concepts

Development of Inquiry Competence - U14

Wednesday 7th January 2015

15:05 - 16:00

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Dr. Andreas Stockey - Oberstufen-Kolleg Bielefeld, University of Bielefeld
  2. Cornelia Stiller - Oberstufen-Kolleg Bielefeld, University of Bielefeld

A general procedure to implement science curricula emphasizing scientific inquiry, gradually increasing methodical competence and ability to organize scientific work in a self-regulated way will be presented. It aims to ensure the development of inquiry competence in four steps: Table of content containing core concepts and pupils' experiments. Stairway of competence combining content, experiments, methodical elements and successively increasing self-regulation. Decision table for each experiment clarifying the operationalization of experimental work. Teaching materials worked out in different grades of guidance.

How Round is your Circle? - U12

Wednesday 7th January 2015

15:05 - 16:00

Location : Palmer, 107

Speakers

  1. Chris Sangwin - Mathematics Education Centre

Instruments are the arbiters of science: experiments rely on accurate instrumentation. To be repeatable standards are needed which specify basic scientific units. Scientific standards are also used in engineering quality control. Standards are also essential for testing geometric shape. This talk will discuss how you test if something is round. The answer to this question involves the shape of the 50p coin, the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 and how to drill a square hole....

SAILing into Working Scientifically (Repeated) - U17

Wednesday 7th January 2015

16:05 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. Chris Harrison - King's College London

This session will look at on how lessons learned from the EU FP7 SAILS project(Strategies for Assessment of Inquiry Skills in Science) have been utilised by secondary science teachers to address 'working scientifically' in the new National Curriculum. Ideas on how you might include an inquiry approach that motivates learners and supports science learning.

European Collaboration through Scientix - U18

Wednesday 7th January 2015

16:05 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, 104

Speakers

  1. Glenys Hart - National STEM Centre
  2. Gill Collinson - Gill Collinson Consulting Ltd

An opportunity to find out how you can become involves in European wide collaboration among STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals. Through a network of the National Contact Points (NCPs), Scientix aims to reach out to national teacher communities, and contribute to the development of national strategies for wider uptake of inquiry-based and other innovative approaches to science and maths education.

The Status of Teachers' Professional Development Associated with the "Development of math and science for the general education in KSA� Project: Providers' Perspectives - U16

Wednesday 7th January 2015

16:05 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, 105

Speakers

  1. Fahad Alshaya - King Saud University

This research aims to identify the status of teachers' professional development associated with the project of "Development of math and science for the general education in KSA", based on the perspective of professional development programs providers, who oversee the implementation of the project, and provide support for teachers. A questionnaire was distributed to 202 providers to identify their demography, and the current status of teachers' professional development in terms of the teachers' needs, practice, and sources.

Science Teachers with Disabilities - U19

Wednesday 7th January 2015

16:05 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, 103

Speakers

  1. Dr Lyn Haynes - Canterbury Christ Church University
  2. Dr Maria Turkenburg - University of York

At ASE 2014 a small group met to follow up on the outcomes of the 2013 Working Group to devise guidance for teaching colleagues, mentors and Senior Leadership Members as well as Teacher Trainers on how to support teaching staff with disabilities, enabling better appreciation of what 'reasonable adjustments' might constitute. A major emphasis of the guidance under development is about practical and logistical support. We aim to promote a paradigm shift in working with and supporting staff with disabilities through developing a celebratory �Culture for Diversity� approach within educational institutions.

International Earth Science: Earthlearningidea - U20

Wednesday 7th January 2015

16:05 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, 106

Speakers

  1. Elizabeth Devon - Earthlearningidea
  2. Peter Kennett
  3. Chris King

Earthlearningidea brings Earth science teaching activities to classrooms across the world that have few or no resources. Earthlearningidea publishes a new activity each fortnight and there are currently more than 150 activities on the website, many in several languages, that are free to download and use. Sample some of the interactive activities yourself and see if they would work in your classroom.

International Plenary - U21

Wednesday 7th January 2015

17:00 - 17:30

Location : Palmer, G10

Drawing together presenters and delegates from all the sessions, offering an opportunity to obtain information and contact details relating to the sessions you weren't able to attend.

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