The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2017 - University of Reading

Meet Mechatronics STEM champions - T44

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Hear from young people who have won World Skills UK and are now acting as role models for apprentices.

Why are the computing classes full of boys and psychology classes full of girls? - T03

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Speakers

  1. Ellie Highwood - University of Reading

Gender stereotypes influence what children study and achieve. In this session we explore how, discover our own biases and discuss ideas for challenging stereotypes in the classroom.

Contact email for web/handbook : e.j.highwood@reading.ac.uk

AQA & CLEAPSS Practical Hub launch - S02

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:30 - 11:00

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

AQA & CLEAPSS Practical Hub networking - D05

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 11:30

Join us for coffee (and cake!) in the AQA Practical Hub.

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

Speakers

  1. Richard Needham - ASE

Develop greater clarity and coherence when working with mathematical ideas, language and procedures in science and mathematics lessons, to help learners transfer their mathematical skills and understanding effectively to their science learning.

Shaping participation in science - S03

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Speakers

  1. Professor Louise Archer - Kings' College London

Professor Archer will share insights from the Aspires2 and enterprising science projects on the factors that shape young people's participation in science.

Frontier Science: How does multilingualism reshape the brain? - T13

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Speakers

  1. Dr Christos Pliatsikas - School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading

Recent evidence has suggested that speaking more than one languages affects the structure of the brain, especially in brain areas that are related to linguistic processing, as well as areas that control and monitor the selection among several languages in bi-/multilinguals. This talk will provide an overview of the available literature on the effects of bi-/multilingualism on brain structure, and will discuss how these effects may be related to non-linguistic cognitive functions, including the proposed �bilingual cognitive advantage�. The role of experience-based factors (e.g. mode and onset of additional language learning, amount of linguistic immersion etc.) will also be discussed.

Qualification reform; a two-way conversation - T14

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Speakers

  1. Lucy Rimmington - 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.

BERG: An approach to learning A level biology - T15

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Speakers

  1. Nick Poore

This presenation 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.

The HiSPARC project - W09

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 13:00

Speakers

  1. Cristina Lazzeroni - University of Birmingham
  2. Maria Pavlidou - University of Birmingham

This session presents the international project HiSPARC to study high-energy cosmic rays in schools. Try the software analysis tools to identify and measure cosmic rays showers and their energy and provenience, and see how real research can inspire students and give insights into �how science works�. Also see practical demonstrations about particle detectors.

Contact email for web/handbook : c.lazzeroni@bham.ac.uk

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