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Education in Science number 256

Number 256 - May 2014

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3 You must be a member to download this article Editorial

Shaun Reason, ASE CEO

In this first editorial from ASE's new Chief Executive, Shaun Reason introduces his vision to support science educators and highlights concerns over the pace of change in UK education reforms.

6 You must be a member to download this article ASE in Action

Dangers in A-level reform highlights and letters to editors.

8 You must be a member to download this article Annette Smith moves on from ASE
9 You must be a member to download this article Farewell to John Lawrence
10 You must be a member to download this article Events Roundup
12 You must be a member to download this article Invitation to participate in National Curriculum research- at a distance

Terry Russell and Linda McGuigan

The 2014 science curriculum introduces Evolution and Inheritance. With Nuffield Foundation support, we are researching this novel area in collaboration with teachers and children. Most activity is at Key Stage 1-2 (age 5-11), plus Key Stage 3 (age 11-14) consultation.

13 You must be a member to download this article ASE: Prepare for ‘working scientifically with upd8 at Key Stage 3

From September, your science department will be expected to focus on working scientifically through the content across all three science disciplines at Key Stage 3 (age 11-14).

14 You must be a member to download this article ASE: From Five to Sydney: a journey through science

Stephen Lam

What is science? Depending on whom you ask, it may mean the pursuit of knowledge, explanations of our everyday world, a difficult subject you had to study at school or a field populated by larger than life characters such as Einstein, Feynman or Hawking. For me, science has been and remains an unexpected journey, an adventure and an ever-changing career.

16 You must be a member to download this article Educational Neuroscience: What can we learn?

Derek Bell

There has been, without doubt, a marked increase in interest, research and publications exploring ways in which educational practices might be influenced by neuroscience. Most recently, in the UK this interest has been demonstrated by the call for proposals to develop, evaluate and communicate the impact of education interventions grounded in neuroscience research.

18 You must be a member to download this article Writing a science book: an ASE member’s experience

Jonathan Whellan

I was somewhere on the M1 near Leicester when it popped into my head: ‘I should write a book.’ Not just any book, but a popular science book for pupils. Free rein to share the things I loved about biology, answer the questions really asked in lessons and turn the hose onto the parched earth of the syllabus.

20 You must be a member to download this article The Bright Ideas Campaign

Faye Sherlock

Timstar’s Bright Ideas Campaign aimed to seek innovative product ideas from science teachers and technicians that would inspire young people to work scientifically.

22 You must be a member to download this article Chemistry at Work: a model of school-community partnership

Margaret R. Ritchie

Chemistry at Work1 is a unique programme that provides an outstanding opportunity to contextualise learning for primary and secondary pupils, giving them an insight into future careers and skills required for the work place.

24 You must be a member to download this article Citizen Science: Getting more involved with science

Poppy Leeder

So, what is citizen science? Well, at its most basic it is citizens getting involved in science projects; this might be by gathering data, asking questions or analysing existing data. It can take place in many settings, maybe outside in the school playing field or a local park, in a computer laboratory or by using a mobile phone to take photographs, record data and upload.

26 You must be a member to download this article 11-19 Committee Update

Helen Harden

Update from the newly launched science leaders' hub which offer advice from other science leaders that have improved particular area in their departments.

27 You must be a member to download this article International News

Lynne Symonds

The CASTME/ASE Award 2014. This prestigious award is specifically for a woman who has made a difference to the understanding of socially relevant science/maths/technology for girls and women, working in challenging circumstances.

28 You must be a member to download this article Science Learning Centres Roundup

Joy Parvin

Focus on supporting primary teachers in partnership with ASE.

30 You must be a member to download this article The Prep Room

Sue Smith

Sue Smith highlights some excellent CPD opportunities for technicians and top tips.

32 You must be a member to download this article Research Focus

John Oversby

Education and education research are related, but are not the same. Education research is concerned with improving learning at all levels, but can range from policy to the nature of knowledge, as well as interventions in the classroom or with teachers.

34 You must be a member to download this article Notes & News

- British children pick science careers over fame and celebrity
- Heavier workloads benefit teachers
- Practising good hand hygiene through Science-led project