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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
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
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 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: http://twitter.com/theASE
As the picture develops, what would truly excellent teacher education look like in the UK? What constructive suggestions can we make to government?
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.
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.
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.
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