The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

Supporting Teachers through GCSE Reform (Repeated) - T31

Thursday 8th January 2015

12:00 - 13:00

Location : HumSS, G25

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.

researchED in Action: Working Out what Works in Science Education - T169

Thursday 8th January 2015

12:00 - 13:00

Location : Palmer, 103

Speakers

  1. Mary Whitehouse - University of York Science Education Group
  2. Alom Shaha

researchED is a grass-roots, teacher-led organisation aimed at improving research literacy in the educational communities, dismantling myths in education, getting the best research where it is needed most.In this session we will look at some myths in education, the evidence against them and explore why they persist.

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.

Work Collaboratively to Create Learning Activities - W14

Thursday 8th January 2015

12:00 - 13:00

Location : Palmer, G05B

Speakers

  1. Mark Langley - 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.

Developing Numeracy Skills in Science - D02

Thursday 8th January 2015

12:30 - 13:30

Location : Palmer, 104

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.

Ready-to-Load Dye Electrophpresis - W50

Thursday 8th January 2015

12:45 - 13:45

Location : Exhibition Marquee, A110

Speakers

  1. Brian Ell Ph.D. - Edvotek
  2. Timstar

In this hands-on workshop, you will explore four hot topics in biotechnology using Gel Electrophoresis: DNA Fingerprinting, Paternity Testing, Medical Diagnostics, and Genetically Modified Organisms. Brightly coloured dyes simulate DNA fragments, eliminating post-electrophoresis staining and saving you valuable classroom time! Results are analyzed using a semi-logarithmic plot, which fosters critical thinking skills and STEM learning techniques.

Science Teaching: What Works? - T33

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 106

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.

Electrostatics - W16

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : AMS, Lab 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!

IOP - Effective Mind Mapping and Memory Techniques in Science Education - W21

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : AMS, 133

Speakers

  1. Alessio Bernadelli - Institute of Physics

Mind Mapping is a creative and enjoyable process that provides more natural and effective ways to recall information, organise ideas and key points, plan projects, solve problems and record and communicate findings. Examples of learners' work and digital mind mapping tools will be provided.

Earth Theme - Earth Science Out of Door for KS2,3&4 - W20

Thursday 8th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Chemistry, Lab G

Speakers

  1. Elizabeth Devon - Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)
  2. Peter Kennett
  3. Chris King

Have you ever asked yourself, �How can I use the area outside the door of my classroom to teach Earth science principles�? If you have, some of the answers will be revealed on the Reading Campus using opportunities available around many schools. So, bring your coat and be ready to be involved in teasing out Earth science principles from outdoor things that many people take for granted.

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