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ASE: Lead article: The future of science teacher education

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Christine Harrison, Chair of the Association for Science Education

Extract: 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.

ASE: Supporting colleagues with effective behaviour management

Issue: November 2014 258

Extract: 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).

A roundup of past and future local and national events, run or supported by ASE

Issue: November 2014 258

Extract: 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 aerosols and bugs

Issue: November 2014 258

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

ASE: Primary Science Quality Mark: get involved!

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Jane Turner

Extract: 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.

Letter to the Editor: printed vs e-books?

Issue: November 2014 258

ASE: The Mighty Sky project

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Nick Swift

Extract: 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.

How Family Learning Nights raise the scientific interest of pupils

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Kirsten Greygoose

Extract: 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.

Innovation and enterprise in STEM

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Margaret R. Ritchie

Extract: 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.

Gaia – the workshop

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Neil Herrington and Peter Horton

Extract: 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.

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