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Education in Science number 258

Number 258 - November 2014

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6 You must be a member to download this article ASE: Lead article: The future of science teacher education

Christine Harrison, Chair of the Association for Science Education

Initial teacher education is vital in order to produce a skilled and confident teaching workforce. It has a key role in making teaching a profession that more people aspire to join, and in securing teachers’ status in society.

8 You must be a member to download this article ASE: Supporting colleagues with effective behaviour management

Welcome to this new feature in EiS. In each issue, we will reprint a selected article from the Science Leaders’ Hub. This is a new resource from ASE, which collects together professional advice to support science leaders in their departments. The following is chosen in light of the recent Ofsted report, ‘Below the radar: low-level disruption in the country’s classrooms’ (published Sep 2014).

13 You must be a member to download this article ASE: Primary Science Quality Mark: get involved!

Jane Turner

This September, 276 schools across the UK have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark at gold, silver or bronze level. In each of these schools, the profile of science has been raised through a process of systematic school self-evaluation and action.

16 ASE: The Mighty Sky project

Nick Swift

Music and science are normally distinct departments in schools, yet coming together to combine the two can create effective and lasting learning experiences. In October, the Daventry Music Centre, under Kerry Horner, blew the barriers down in a memorable live performance with American singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, playing songs from The Mighty Sky, a Grammy-nominated album about astronomy.

17 You must be a member to download this article How Family Learning Nights raise the scientific interest of pupils

Kirsten Greygoose

In a generation of perpetual connectivity to our mobile devices and the constantly changing face of technology, it seems absurd that we should be suffering a lack of skilled scientists and engineers. In an interview with the BBC in 2013, Professor John Perkins, chief scientific adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said that this could be constraining the UK’s economic recovery.

18 You must be a member to download this article Innovation and enterprise in STEM

Margaret R. Ritchie

The very first Schools’ Innovation and Enterprise event took place on Friday 13th June 2014. The event was hosted by BioCity Scotland and organised by the University of Edinburgh. The aim of this unique event was to stimulate pupils’ interest in STEM and Life Sciences, by providing opportunities for schoolteachers and young people to experience innovation and enterprise in Life Sciences at BioCity Scotland.

20 You must be a member to download this article Gaia – the workshop

Neil Herrington and Peter Horton

Gaia Theory, often characterised as Earth System Science, emerged from the work of James Lovelock and his subsequent collaboration with the microbiologist Lynn Margulis. Lovelock’s life and work is the subject of a major exhibition at the Science Museum, which will run until April 2015.

21 Sparks will fly! The RI Christmas Lectures 2014

Lynne Bianchi

‘I believe everyone has the potential to be an inventor!’ says Newcastleborn Professor Danielle George. Professor George will be presenting the 2014 series of Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, the sixth female lecturer since 1825. This article outlines this year’s Lectures.

Contents Regulars
3 You must be a member to download this article Editorial

Shaun Reason, Chief Executive, Association for Science Education

4 You must be a member to download this article ASE in action

- Teaching about puberty
- ASE Annual Conference 2015 top picks
- #ASEchat past, present and future
- Stimulating the mind with science fiction
- Teaching Controversial Issues

10 You must be a member to download this article A roundup of past and future local and national events, run or supported by ASE

By popular demand, we include here some brief reports from recent ASE and ASE-related events, as well as further details of an upcoming conference in the North of England. As always, full details of all events can be found under the conferences tab

12 aerosols and bugs

- The Science and Technology of Aerosols – a new resource
- Great Bug Hunt winners continue the search in their school

14 You must be a member to download this article Letter to the Editor: printed vs e-books?
22 You must be a member to download this article Annual General Meeting 2015
24 You must be a member to download this article Primary Science Focus

Lois Kelly

Will you be at ASE Annual Conference 2015? and meet your committee!

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

Sue Smith

Notes and News for Technicians by Technicians

30 You must be a member to download this article Research Focus: Assessment without levels

Sarah Earle and Dan Davies

Assessment is primarily a matter of judgement rather than measurement, yet for too long we have been pretending that we can measure pupils’ attainment and progress in increasingly fine detail.

32 You must be a member to download this article Science Learning Centres Roundup – STACS: what happened next!

Simon Quinell

35 You must be a member to download this article Safety Matters!

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