The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

Work Collaboratively to Create Learning Activities - W14

Thursday 8th January 2015

12:00 - 13:00

Location : HumSS, 126

Speakers

  1. Fran Dainty - National STEM Centre

Ideal for secondary NQTs who want to increase the range of hands-on science activities in the classroom. Using a selection of objects and resources you will work collaboratively to devise a variety of learning activities based on the new curriculum. This workshop is led by the National Science Learning Centre and the National STEM Centre.

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.

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.

Children Owning Assessment - T40

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : HumSS, 27 LT

Speakers

  1. Chris Smith - Essex Education Services -Target Tracker

John Hattie's research shows that one of biggest factors involved in accelerating progress is children having ownership of their assessments illustrated in Visual Learning In line with this research, Essex County Council through its Target Tracker development has produced the Test Analysis Suite. This session will illustrate how schools have implemented this system and show the impact it has on children's learning and progress. 'TAS is all about you and how you feel you did' Yr6 pupil.

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.

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.

The New AQA A-level Suite (Repeated) - T38

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : HumSS, 25

Speakers

  1. Matthew Bennett - AQA

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

Salters A-level Chemistry for 2015 (Repeated) - T36

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, 101

Speakers

  1. Chris Otter - University of York

This session will allow you to find out about the exciting developments for supporting teaching and learning of the new specification for Salters' Advanced Chemistry (OCR B). This unique context based course will have a wide range of hard copy and electronic materials to support teachers and students, as well as a range of teacher support mechanisms. Representatives from the University of York and Oxford University Press will be available after the presentation to answer any specific questions you might have.

GCSE Twenty First Century Science from 2016 - T32

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 107

Speakers

  1. Mary Whitehouse - University of York Science Education Group,
  2. Alistair Moore - University of York Science Education Group,

The Twenty First Century Science project team at the University of York has been working with OCR and OUP to develop GCSE science courses which meet the requirements of the criteria for GCSEs from 2016 but keep the characteristics of the current courses, recognising the diversity of interests and future intentions of the student population. This will be an early opportunity to find out about the plans for the teaching resources and the assessment approaches of the project

OCR Introduction to A-level Chemistry (Repeated) - T43

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, 108

Speakers

  1. TBC - OCR

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