The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

International Day Welcome - U01

Wednesday 7th January 2015

10:30 - 11:00

Location : Palmer, G10

Speakers

  1. Graham Jackson - ASE

The Question Machine: Facilitating Open Inquiry-Based Learning - U03

Wednesday 7th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Jan van Baren-Nawrocka - Science Education Hub Radboud University (WKRU)
  2. Marieke Peeters - Science Education Hub Radboud University (WKRU)

In open inquiry-based learning, one of the hardest tasks for teachers is to coach children in the formulation of their own research question and the design of their own research plans. At our science education hub, we have developed several tools or scaffolds to facilitate this process. In this workshop, participants will set up their own research with the help of two of these tools: the Question Machine, to see if the question is suitable, and the Research Plan.

What if English is not the Mother Tongue of my Students? - U05

Wednesday 7th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 107

Speakers

  1. Alison Gardenier

You are teaching science in an English medium school but some or all of your students have different mother tongues. How do you help them to understand scientific ideas? Many teachers resort to getting their students to learn material by heart in order to pass exams. However this does not help the students to understand how their world works. This talk will demonstrate the �tell each other� technique with opportunities to share ideas that delegates have found useful.

Climate Science: Engaging and Inspiring activities - U04

Wednesday 7th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. Jane Fieldsend - University of Reading
  2. John Oversby - University of Reading

Climate science is a potential source of interesting and challenging science, engaging a variety of teaching methods and dealing with personal and social issues for students. This interactive workshop comes from a three year European Project (HIPST) in six countries, led by The University of Reading. Jane and John have been active in devising interactive and creative sessions with a variety of learners, from 9 years to 18 years, and their teachers.

Collaborate! Communicate! - U02

Wednesday 7th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 105

Speakers

  1. Graham Jones - Ten Sentences

Cross-border collaboration is becoming increasingly important within science. But a report highlights a lack of �teamworking� and �communication� skills among STEM graduates. Furthermore, a rapidly increasing majority of the world�s researchers are non-native English-speakers, with varying levels of language proficiency. My colleagues and I are taking an unconventional approach to these issues: we�re bringing together cross-border groups of scientists and students via Skype, and doing read-throughs of science-fiction movies. Our results? Measurable improvements in communication and teamworking skills.

Astronomy as a Context for Inspiring Science Learning - U13

Wednesday 7th January 2015

12:00 - 13:00

Location : Palmer, 103

Speakers

  1. Dr Libby Boulianne - Sevenoaks School
  2. Jeremy Turner - Sevenoaks School

Astronomy can be used as an inspiring context across a great deal of the STEM curriculum. From using extrasolar planets to explore sine functions to using comets as a biological laboratory, Astronomy is able to capture student's imaginations and engage their minds. In this hands-on sessions we will explore a variety of available resources and ideas for linking outer space to Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, and Technology courses.

Poverty, Conservation and Science - U06

Wednesday 7th January 2015

12:00 - 13:00

Location : Palmer, 104

Speakers

  1. Lynne Symonds - Wulugu Project

Students at Biddick Academy, Sunderland, are directly involved in defeating poverty in villages that border on the largest game reserve in Northern Ghana. They have gained first hand experience of the impact of disturbing the balance of flora and fauna, while being able to help their Ghanaian peers to gain the education they need to move out of poverty. This is a project that really works for all, improving lives while increasing engagement in many science-related topics.

New Microscale Chemistry - International schools continue to teach the UK - U08

Wednesday 7th January 2015

12:00 - 13:00

Location : Palmer, 106

Speakers

  1. Bob Worley - CLEAPSS

Practical procedures for pupils using conventional equipment are often time-consuming and left out of teaching, consequently lowering pupil expectations of secondary school science. Small-scale chemistry is quick, saves on chemicals and offers variety in presentation. The course covers indicators, precipitation, salt preparation, reaction kinetics, iron/sulphur reactions, working with toxic gases and carrying out small-scale vigorous reactions.

The Role of Practical Work in School Science - U10

Wednesday 7th January 2015

14:15 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, G10

Speakers

  1. Graham Jackson - King's College London

This keynote will address how practical work plays a role in developing scientific understanding and outline how various inquiry-based science education projects across Europe have attempted to engage and motivate students in science learning. It will also consider the changing situation in England where the grade for practical work has been separated from the theory work at GCE A level and the likely repercussions of this throughout secondary and primary level science teaching.

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.

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