ASE Newsletter 26 May 2011

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Science Newswise 2

Science Newswise 2

Science Newswise 2 is now in the online bookshop for you to purchase! Take a look at a sample from the book and see how this new resource will enrich your teaching. By equipping young people to engage critically with the science in the news you are preparing them for living and learning in a media saturated world.

Remember there are great discounts for members! 
Science Newswise 2 price £30.00 – Price for members £22.50

 To view all publications available from ASE and to purchase Science Newswise 2, please click here.


Cafe ASE presents "Can School Pupils do Real Scientific Research?"

Dr Beau Lotto, UCL, will present ‘Can School Pupils do Real Scientific Research?’ on June 9 at Waterstones Bookshop in London. The talk will begin at 6.45pm at Waterstones Bookshop (2nd Floor), Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ. Admission is free. To discuss this topic, login to the ASE member forum and join the conversation.

On May 12, Prof Derek Bell presented "Progression from Primary to Secondary Science: a Clash of Cultures?" To see video of past events, please visit the Cafe ASE page

New on the ASE website

New on the ASE website

Our new Early Career Teachers' Group has replaced the NQT and Teacher Trainee Group. It features exclusive resources for NQT and Trainee Teacher members, and the forum, where members can discuss the latest issues. As a member, simply click on ASE Groups to opt in. Not a member? Click here to find out what the ASE offers Early Career Teachers.

Scitutors resources,  for everyone helping to develop the next generation of science teachers - tutors, mentors, researchers, and teachers too, have now been migrated to the ASE website. Click here to view Scitutors.

Hot Issues for April 2011 have now been posted. This page aims to bring together links to current up to date news stories and items that relate to a Global Dimension to Science. The ASE will frequently review these topics to reflect curriculum related topics, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!

Forum threads are continually sprouting up each week. For a list of current threads, click here. Don't forget to login and join the discussion.

ASE Chat

ASE Chat

ASE Chat is a weekly online science education discussion group. The discussion is conducted via Twitter using the #asechat hashtag. It takes place on Monday evenings from 8.00-9.00pm (UK time). 
If you are an ASE member, you can submit ideas for future #asechat discussions via the ASE Forum. Polls will then be conducted in order to select a topic. The poll for Monday May 30 is now up on the ASE Chat page. Have your say!
Don't forget to follow the ASE on Twitter at:

 Stay tuned to this web page for more information!

Crucial - the GCSE resource you can't afford to be without

Crucial - the GCSE resource you can't afford to be without

New GCSE is fast approaching. Will tougher controlled assessment and exam questions put paid to your exam results? Not if you choose ‘Crucial’ – the essential upgrade for 2011.

 The wraps are off at:

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Initial Teacher Education and subject teaching associations

As the picture develops, what would truly excellent teacher education look like in the UK? What constructive suggestions can we make to government?

ASE News

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ASE in the News

What might an 11-year-old Attenborough look like in 2011?
Ambition AXA Awards website, May 2011
By Annette Smith
I’m a huge fan of David Attenborough and I had the privilege of introducing him to a welcoming audience at the Association for Science Education Conference earlier this year. As he tells his story, you get a great impression of someone who was fired up with enthusiasm for the natural world at a very early age. This enthusiasm was supported by his family and the people he met, including some inspiring scientists. In other cases early indications of interest have been nurtured by teachers or club leaders.
But today is different. 

Bang goes science?
By: Kerra Maddern, The TES
April 22, 2011
Academy and free school curriculum opt-out irks experts
The "value and credibility" of the new national curriculum will be undermined by the rapid expansion of academies and free schools, leading figures in science education have warned.

2011 Primary Science Teacher Awards Now Open

The Awards recognise excellence in Primary Science Teaching. Deadline for nominations: 7th October 2011. Click here for more information

PSQM Press Release: Schools Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

PSQM Press Release: Schools Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

24 May 2011

The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) project has successfully completed its first year of national roll out. Over the next few weeks, Primary Science Quality Awards will be awarded to 218 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

Teacher education recognized by RSC

Teacher education recognized by RSC

23 May 2011

The Association for Science Education congratulates John Oversby on being awarded the 2011 Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Chemical Education, especially for his work on classroom-based research.

ASE responds to the Science and Technology Committee Inquiry

ASE responds to the Science and Technology Committee Inquiry

20 May 2011

On May 11, the ASE’s Outdoor Science Working Group (OSWG) submitted a response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into practical experiments in school science lessons and science field trips.

New issue of Primary Science focuses on Science and Technology

New issue of Primary Science focuses on Science and Technology

20 May 2011

Primary Science (PS) is the journal for primary members of the ASE and is published five times a year.

ASE Events

More events articles

ASE Regional Events

Visit your region page to find local events, regional forums, documents, and links. Click here to view a list of upcoming regional events.

Save the Date: Upcoming Conferences

Primary Science Annual Conference 
June 13, 2011 at NSLC, York

ASE London and South East Area Science and CPD Conference
24th June 2011 in Guildford

NAIGS conference
30th June & 1st July 2011 in Durham City

National Technicians Conference in association with the NSLC 
July 7 & 8, 2011 in York

ATSE Conference 
Aug 22 - 24, 2011 in Hatfield

ASE Annual Conference 2012
January 4-7, 2012 at University of Liverpool

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