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Writing about science for publication

Issue: December 2015 359

Author: Christina Astin, Clare Harvey and Stefan Janusz

Extract: Young Scientists Journal, founded at a school in the UK, is written by school students worldwide and has teamed up with the Royal Society to celebrate the publication of school-based research.

Brochures, posters, and Foldables®: using multimodal representations in middle school science

Issue: December 2015 359

Author: Christine D. Tippett

Extract: Brochures, posters and Foldables® are multimodal artefacts for promoting literacy in science; teachers viewed them as flexible strategies meeting a range of learning needs and appropriate for various science topics.

The Media Conference Project: developing students’ listening, talking, reading and writing skills through their production of science news reports

Issue: December 2015 359

Author: Patricia Hanson, Ciaran Quinn and Ruth Jarman

Extract: A common but often underexploited activity, the production of science news reports is a valuable context for developing students’ science knowledge and their listening, talking, reading and writing skills.

Doing with ideas: the role of talk in effective practical work in science

Issue: December 2015 359

Author: Nikolaos Fotou and Ian Abrahams

Extract: Analogies and metaphors can provide a means to help students make links between doing and seeing in practical work and the ideas that the teacher wants them to develop.

Talking and thinking using concept cartoons: what have we learnt?

Issue: December 2015 359

Author: Stuart Naylor

Extract: Concept cartoons get learners talking and thinking; this article sets out some of the research into their impact and some of the implications for classroom practice.

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

Issue: December 2015 359

Author: Marie-Claude Dupuis

Extract: The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize gives young people the opportunity to engage with quality science books, thus developing their literacy and their interest in and understanding of science.

Sciku: writing science in haiku

Issue: December 2015 359

Author: Simon Flynn

Extract: The science and English departments in a school work together on a project in which students are challenged to write science-themed haiku for inclusion in a published book.

Henry Moseley (1887–1915): a sad loss to the world of science

Issue: December 2015 359

Author: Gordon Woods

Extract: Scholar, scientist, soldier! The life, and death, of a Nobel Prize nominee killed in battle 100 years ago.

The place of fieldwork in science qualifications

Issue: December 2015 359

Author: David Lambert and Michael J. Reiss

Extract: Fieldwork is under threat but needs to have a central place in science qualifications.

Towards big ideas of science education

Issue: December 2015 359

Author: Wynne Harlen

Extract: The case for expressing the aims of science education in terms of progression towards a small number of ‘big ideas’ and the implications for content, teaching methods and assessment.

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