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School Science Review number 353

Number 353 - June 2014

Contents Article
2 Contents and Editorial

Geoff Auty, School Science Review Editor

After a very full theme focusing on the science curriculum in March, this edition returns to the roots of School Science Review, with a random selection of material sent in mostly by teachers in the spirit of‘this worked for me, you might like to try it’.

7 You must be a member to download this article Science Notes: Interdisciplinary teaching of biology and physical education

Claas Wegner, Katharina Spintzyk, Friederike Strehlke, Lea Minnaert and Bernd Gröben

10 Science Notes: Dilution of a weak acid

Christopher Talbot and Chooi Khee Wai

12 You must be a member to download this article Science Notes: The Clubbers’ Guide: School biology clubs

Sue Howarth

21 You must be a member to download this article The Presidential Address 2014: Teaching and learning: the long view

Professor Alice Roberts

What makes us uniquely human? The Presidential Address delivered to the Association for Science Education Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, January 2014.

27 You must be a member to download this article Chicken eggs: which comes first – the expected results or the science?

Karen Haydock

Students used shell-less chicken eggs to study osmosis; unexpected results led them to learn more about science than about eggs.

37 You must be a member to download this article The development of a new practical activity: using microorganisms to model gas cycling

James Redfern, Dariel Burdass and Joanna Verran

A simple practical activity that illustrates gas cycling – algae produce oxygen which is used by yeast, and yeast produce carbon dioxide which is used by algae.

41 You must be a member to download this article A mineral processing field course

Maurice Carmody

A description of a field course in Cornwall looking at mineral processing with the focus on the chemistry involved.

47 You must be a member to download this article A lesson plan to develop structured discussion of the benefits and disadvantages of selected plastics using the product-testing method

Mareike Burmeister and Ingo Eilks

The product-testing method provoked intense classroom debates and made students aware of science’s potential for contributing to the evaluation of everyday products.

55 You must be a member to download this article Design and implementation of a bingo game for teaching the periodic table

Antonio Joaquín Franco-Mariscal and María José Cano-Iglesias

A game for learning about the periodic table in a fun way in the chemistry class.

61 You must be a member to download this article Effectiveness of demonstrations supported by ICT tools on upper secondary school students’ attitudes towards the learning of physics

Boon Chien Yap and Charles Chew

Practical demonstrations enhance the motivation of students in Singapore accustomed to following worksheets in physics lessons.

73 You must be a member to download this article The Structural Challenge: a simple design-based science activity to foster creativity among kinaesthetic learners

Nazir Amir and R. Subramaniam

The opportunity to complete extended practical challenges has been found to motivate students in learning science and enhance creativity in Singapore, especially for lower ability students.

79 The Teaching, Learning and Creativity (TLC) model for science

Kenneth Rotheram

The Teaching, Learning and Creativity (TLC) model integrates a wide variety of activities for both teachers and pupils.

85 You must be a member to download this article Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses for creating new chemistry and physics teachers: do they work?

Richard Tynan, Andrea Mallaburn, Robert Bryn Jones and Ken Clays

Course documentation was used to evaluate the impact of an SKE course in chemistry and physics during the 2011–2012 academic year.

95 You must be a member to download this article The early-career development of science teachers from initial training onwards: the advantages of a multifaceted five-year programme

Julian Clarke, Sue Howarth, Chris King, John Perry, Maarten Tas, John Twidle, Adrian Warhurst and Caro Garrett

The routes by which trainee teachers, and those in the early stages of their career, can progress to become outstanding science teachers are considered and a five-year plan proposed.

107 You must be a member to download this article Shake it all about! Using earthquake science to enhance geology and physics teaching in the UK

Phillip Murphy and Elizabeth Murphy

A joint school and university programme in the Yorkshire and Humberside region through which seismometers were deployed in local schools to promote interest in geology and physics.

115 You must be a member to download this article Shape is as important as size: roundness and the science of measurement

Christopher J. Sangwin

What criteria would you use to judge a freehand circle-drawing competition? This article describes assessment of geometric shape and some geometry which led to the recent reassessment of the standard engineering testing procedures.

123 Catching the tide: a review of tidal energy systems

Frank Harris

A description of tidal energy systems together with a consideration of their advantages and disadvantages.

129 Reviews

129 The Handy Chemistry Answer Book Ian C. Stewart and Justin P. Lomont
129 Spark from the Deep William J. Turkel
130 Scientific Argumentation in Biology: 30 Classroom Activities Victor Sampson and Sharon Schleigh
130 Success with STEM: Ideas for the Classroom, STEM Clubs and Beyond Sue Howarth and Linda Scott
131 Exemplary College Science Teaching Ed. Robert E. Yager
132 Debates in Science Education Ed. Mike Watts
132 Educake for GCSE Science Educake
133 Reviewers

134 You must be a member to download this article Science app reviews: Apps outdoors!

Emily Baker

The best tips and trick for using apps for outdoor learning. Why use app? Which ones? What are the hardware logistics and privacy concerns? Measuring, identification and presenting applications are reviewed.

137 You must be a member to download this article Science websearch
140 You must be a member to download this article Index to Volume 95
144 You must be a member to download this article SSR special issues and Advertisers Index