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Bringing inquiry into the classroom through Action Research

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Chris Harrison

Extract: Several studies have documented students’ lack of interest, motivation and uptake in learning science. In 2007, an EU report called for a radical change in science pedagogy and recommended that school science teaching move from a deductive to an inquiry approach. To support this idea, the EU has funded many multi-country projects to bring a more inquiry approach to school science and to support groups of teachers across Europe in bringing about this radical change in pedagogy.

What resources to buy?

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: The ASE Green Tick Evaluation Scheme

Extract: We are pleased to present summary reports of the next three resources to have been awarded the ASE Green Tick.

Small Ads, Notes and Contacts

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: - New exciting BBC iniative for 9-11 year olds - Challenges facing the transport industry - 3 minute hero campaign - Pioneering teacher development for 10 teachers in Scotland


Issue: September 2016 265


Issue: September 2016 265

Author: Shaun Reason

Extract: Welcome to this first issue of the 2016- 17 academic year. By the time you read this we will be into another hectic year in education. There will be challenges, whether you work inside or outside the UK. Even in our relatively small geographical area of the UK, we are increasingly delivering and assessing science in new and differing ways across the four nations.

ASE in Action

Issue: September 2016 265

ASE: Chair of the Association 2016/17

Issue: September 2016 265

Extract: Introducing the new Chair of the Association for Science Education for 2016/12 - Chris Colclough.

ASE: Post-16 science and FE

Issue: September 2016 265

Author: Helen Roberts

Extract: In July we heard that responsibility for the FE and Skills sector will soon come under the remit of the Department for Education (DfE). This could be good news for those of us who would like to improve collaboration among all science educators; there are certainly differences between science education in schools and colleges, but also many similarities and fantastic opportunities to work together.

ASE: What counts as CPD?

Issue: September 2016 265

Author: Paul Denley

Extract: For many teachers of science, there is great variation in the quantity and quality of continuing professional development (CPD) in which they are able to take part and often little co-ordination to ensure that teachers are fully aware of the range of provision for them to be able to take advantage of it.

The Great Primary Science Share...

Issue: September 2016 265

Author: Pat Dower

Extract: Manchester is the European City of Science 2016 –recognition of its unique scientific heritage and contribution to scientific discovery, innovation and industry. To celebrate Manchester being the first UK city to be designated European City of Science (ECoS), there has been a full programme of activities happening throughout the year, from The Great STEM TeachMeet, to the Robot Orchestra Project, to the Great Science Share.

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