Education in Science number 256
Number 256 - May 2014
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|| ASE in Action
Dangers in A-level reform highlights and letters to editors.
|8||Annette Smith moves on from ASE|
|9||Farewell to John Lawrence|
|12|| Invitation to participate in National Curriculum research- at a distance
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|| 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|| ASE: From Five to Sydney: a journey through science
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|| Educational Neuroscience: What can we learn?
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|| Writing a science book: an ASE member’s experience
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|| The Bright Ideas Campaign
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|| Chemistry at Work: a model of school-community partnership
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|| Citizen Science: Getting more involved with science
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|| 11-19 Committee Update
Update from the newly launched science leaders' hub which offer advice from other science leaders that have improved particular area in their departments.
|27|| International News
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|| Science Learning Centres Roundup
Focus on supporting primary teachers in partnership with ASE.
|30|| The Prep Room
Sue Smith highlights some excellent CPD opportunities for technicians and top tips.
|32|| Research Focus
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|| Notes & News
- British children pick science careers over fame and celebrity