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Education in Science number 269

Number 269 - September 2017

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1 You must be a member to download this article Contents
3 You must be a member to download this article Editorial

Shaun Reason, CEO, ASE

In classrooms all over the country, teachers and students will have begun the year with optimism – ‘hopes and dreams’. However, in today's educational environment in schools and colleges, hope seems almost fragile and under siege from so many external, as well as internal, factors. Yet how do we teach or learn without hope? ASE will continue to focus on the importance of high quality science teaching and learning, including high quality practical work.

5 You must be a member to download this article ASE In Action

- Obituary Sharon Rolland 1962–2017
- CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech New Awards
- Organise a Jeans for Genes Day
- Annual Conference 2018: Tailor-made CPD

6 You must be a member to download this article Chair of the Association 2017/18

Linda Needham, ASE Chair 2017-18

It seems like only two minutes since I had the seed planted about being nominated for the role of Chair; now that it’s actually here, I know I’m going to have to work swiftly as it will be over in a twinkle of the eye.

8 You must be a member to download this article Technicians and teachers – a crucial relationship in the delivery of school science

Katherine Forsey

The relationship between school science technicians and teachers is crucial to the delivery of high quality science in our schools. The planning and delivery of practical lessons is a team effort, with teachers and technicians working closely together. As ‘practical lessons and learning outside the classroom are essential contributors to a good science education’ (House of Commons, 2010/12), this working relationship has to be productive and successful to achieve the best possible education for our pupils.

10 The technician crisis: What science teachers need to know

Andy Chandler-Grevatt

ASE members have been raising concerns that the hours and numbers of science technicians are decreasing. In response to this, the ASE 11-19 Committee carried out a survey, in consultation with the ASE Technicians Committee, to assess the situation. Now the results of the survey are in, it reveals an alarming situation. This article presents the key results from the survey, the implications and what you can do as a science teacher to reverse this trend.

13 You must be a member to download this article Assessing experimental science in 11-18 education...

Christine Harrison

A conference on this issue run by the Royal Society and supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, held on 12th October 2016, was set up specially to try and refocus the science and assessment communities on the possibilities there might be in the future to assess experimental science in a way that more closely matches the opportunities that science learning could offer in today’s classrooms.

16 You must be a member to download this article The role of the practical in 9:1 GCSE – A teacher’s perspective

Sarah Longshaw

The abolition of controlled assessment from GCSE science has led to much discussion around the role of practical work and how it will be assessed. Science is, after all, a practical subject. The practical is one of the things that most excites a new Year 7 (age 12) cohort eager to experience the Bunsen burner, and I always feel a responsibility to the scientific community to produce scientists who are capable of carrying out experiments safely and competently (maybe because of my experiences of working in a lab).

18 You must be a member to download this article Science resources need a funding boost too

Cleo Fatoorehchi

As expenditure on school resources is now at its lowest point since the Great Recession, school science equipment in particular is under-funded. This means schools are struggling to provide children with the scientific education the national curriculum recommends.

19 You must be a member to download this article Moving forward in science education:...

Roger McCune

A report on the 2017 ASE Northern Ireland Conference.

20 You must be a member to download this article Update from
24 You must be a member to download this article International News: Update from the committee and the Alexandra Prize

Mary Whitehouse

24 You must be a member to download this article Research Focus: Bringing inquiry into the classroom: Teacher perspectives and experiences

Catarina Correia

Inquiry pedagogy is characterised by students’ involvement in questioning, reasoning, observing, conjecturing, data gathering and interpreting, investigative practical work and collaborative discussions, and working with problems from and applicable to real life contexts (Anderson, 2002). Inquiry has been advocated as an effective strategy to increase students’ and teachers’ interest and motivation in learning science and about the nature of science (Minner et al, 2010).

26 You must be a member to download this article 11-19 Committee - What's in it for you?

Helen Harden, Chair of 11-19 Committee

One focus of the work of the ASE 11-19 Committee this year has been considering how ASE can support teachers facing curriculum change and challenge, across all UK nations, and including the new 9-1 GCSEs in England.

27 You must be a member to download this article Primary Science Focus: Untangle the Web

Lesley Hunter

Many years, make that many, many years ago...if I wanted a piece of information, I would go to my trusty set of encyclopaedia. There they sat in their red leather-backed glory, taking up 75cm of space in my already full bookcase and, within a minute, I usually had my answer... and then got waylaid by perusing the other interesting but unconnected facts on the page. Archaic? Yes, but it worked.

30 You must be a member to download this article Safety Matters: Resources for practical work on the Internet

ASE Health & Safety Specialist Group

32 You must be a member to download this article ASE Evaluations: What resources do you buy?

- Twycross Zoo education programme
- Teaching Primary Science: Promoting enjoyment and developing understanding (Third Edition)
- Practical Ideas for Teaching Primary Science: Inspiring learning and enjoyment
- The Stick Book Frances Lincoln Limited

34 You must be a member to download this article In your view: Uncertainty link to poor behaviour in science lessons and possible solutions

Steven Weir

It is widespread practice to ‘meet and greet’ students at the door and have a self-explanatory ‘in and on’ activity displayed on the board. The intention is that students settle quickly and are immediately engaged with their learning. I have noticed that, during the meet and greet, across these several schools and a variety of ability groups, the common question ‘Are we doing a practical today?’ is asked, often from numerous students entering the same lesson.

36 You must be a member to download this article ASE Contacts