Education in Science number 258
Number 258 - November 2014
|6|| ASE: Lead article: The future of science teacher education
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.
|8|| ASE: Supporting colleagues with effective behaviour management
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).
|13|| ASE: Primary Science Quality Mark: get involved!
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.
|16||ASE: The Mighty Sky project
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.
|17|| How Family Learning Nights raise the scientific interest of pupils
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.
|18|| Innovation and enterprise in STEM
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.
|20|| Gaia – the workshop
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 www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/lovelock, which will run until April 2015.
|21||Sparks will fly! The RI Christmas Lectures 2014
‘I believe everyone has the potential to be an inventor!’ says Newcastleborn Professor Danielle George. Professor George will be presenting the 2014 series of Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, the sixth female lecturer since 1825. This article outlines this year’s Lectures.
|4|| ASE in action
- Teaching about puberty
|10|| A roundup of past and future local and national events, run or supported by ASE
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 www.ase.org.uk/conferences
|12||schoolscience.co.uk: aerosols and bugs
- The Science and Technology of Aerosols – a new resource
|14||Letter to the Editor: printed vs e-books?|
|22||Annual General Meeting 2015|
|24|| Primary Science Focus
Will you be at ASE Annual Conference 2015? and meet your committee!
|26|| The Prep Room
Notes and News for Technicians by Technicians
|30|| Research Focus: Assessment without levels
Assessment is primarily a matter of judgement rather than measurement, yet for too long we have been pretending that we can measure pupils’ attainment and progress in increasingly fine detail.
|32||Science Learning Centres Roundup – STACS: what happened next!|
|35|| Safety Matters!
Keep up to date with Health and Safety topics with ASE