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School Science Review number 365

Number 365 - June 2017

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1 You must be a member to download this article Contents and Editorial
7 You must be a member to download this article ‘Qualification reform; a two-way conversation’: follow-up to a presentation by Ofqual staff at the ASE Annual Conference 2017

Sarah Old

Changes to A-level and GCSE examinations, reviewed in a presentation at the ASE Annual Conference in January 2017, are summarised and links to ongoing discussion provided

9 You must be a member to download this article Some thoughts about words and numbers in science

Ed Walsh

Emphasising the importance of literacy and numeracy in the learning of science and in examinations.

12 You must be a member to download this article Keeping a finger on the pulse: assessment and tracking

Ed Walsh

Manageable ways of assessing and tracking student progress in understanding and learning science.

15 You must be a member to download this article More content and more depth: coping with new GCSEs

Euan Douglas

Considerations of how to manage the learning of more facts and being able to link them together, which can include students studying information in advance of lessons on a new topic.

20 You must be a member to download this article Biology practicals that work: SAPS drop-in sessions at the ASE Annual Conference 2017

Dan Jenkins and Beverley Goodger

Suggestions for plant biology practical work developed by ‘Science And Plants for Schools’ (SAPS) being tried by groups of teachers as a practice for individual or group work in class.

25 You must be a member to download this article Caught ya! A school-based practical activity to evaluate the capture–mark–release–recapture method

Crawford Kingsnorth, Chae Cruickshank, David Paterson and Stephen Diston

An activity for evaluating methods of estimating population size of animals in the wild.

31 You must be a member to download this article PISA 2015: findings and some implications for UK science education

Jonathan Osborne and Robin Millar

Consideration of what can (and cannot) be inferred from assessment of the progress of students in many countries using the same tests.

41 You must be a member to download this article The Big Build

Sarah Haigh, Christopher Bell and Chris Ruta

Opportunities to learn about science, technology and engineering (and develop confidence about transition) at events held in a secondary school for pupils from local primary schools.

47 You must be a member to download this article Optimal learning in schools – theoretical evidence: Part 4 Metacognition

John Crossland

The fourth article in a four-part series aligns some top outcomes from the Sutton Trust– Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Toolkit and John Hattie’s meta-analysis on evidence-based classroom practice, with outcomes from cognitive psychology and neuroscience, to optimise learning.

57 You must be a member to download this article Theme editorial: Epistemic insight: teaching and learning about the nature of science in real-world and multidisciplinary arenas

Berry Billingsley and Mark Hardman

59 You must be a member to download this article Teaching and learning about epistemic insight

Berry Billingsley

Epistemic insight is a research and education initiative that is seeking to establish effective ways to help school students to appreciate the power and limitations of science.

65 You must be a member to download this article Changing science education to meet the demands of a changing society

Peter J. Fensham

Considering societal demands for science education over the last 50 years and how the curriculum has responded suggests what is needed to meet today’s demands.

71 You must be a member to download this article Understanding how science works: the nature of science as the foundation for science teaching and learning

William F. McComas

The nature of science should be taught explicitly by knowledgeable teachers, and integrated with content across the curriculum.

77 You must be a member to download this article Teaching about nature of science in secondary education: a view from multicultural classrooms

Haira Emanuela Gandolfi

A study of science lessons in two schools shows how teachers incorporate nature of science, implicitly and explicitly, through various examples, approaches and topics.

85 You must be a member to download this article The relevance of science in a ‘black box’ technological world

Ian Abrahams, Marina Constantinou, Nikolaos Fotou and Bev Potterton

Teaching a tighter form of scientific literacy before the age of 14 would allow pupils to specialise sooner, and this would better meet the challenges of the technological world.

91 You must be a member to download this article Models, matter and truth in doing and learning science

Mark Hardman

Both school pupils and professional scientists use models to explain and reason about the world.

99 You must be a member to download this article Bella’s beetle: approaching bioscience practice from its silent kinaesthetic and affective side

David Hay

This story about Bella and her beetle explores the path of making scientific knowledge.

109 You must be a member to download this article Variation in graphing practices between mathematics and science: implications for science teaching

Vicky Wong

Appreciating how and why graphs are used differently in mathematics and science leads to improved understanding of the issues faced by students in applying graphing skills in science.

116 You must be a member to download this article Real science, real classrooms

Becky Parker

The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) makes cutting-edge research projects open to students and their teachers so that they can experience the excitement and challenge of science.

118 You must be a member to download this article Building ‘science capital’ in the classroom

Effrosyni Nomikou, Louise Archer and Heather King

An introduction to the concept of ‘science capital’ and its implementation in science teaching practice.

125 You must be a member to download this article Reviews

• The Geek Guide to Life – Science’s Solutions to Life’s Little Problems Colin Stuart and Mun-Keat Looi
• The Hive at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
• What Colour is the Sun? Brian Clegg
• A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves Walter Alvarez
• The Abyss of Time: A Study in Geological Time and Earth History Paul Lyle
• The String Book Adam Hart-Davis
• Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla John F. Wasik

130 You must be a member to download this article Science websearch


• AQA: Teachit Science
• AQA: Exampro
• CCEA Resources
• CIE: Resource Centre
• CIE: Teacher Support
• OCR: Subject resources
• Pearson Edexcel: Subject resources
• Scottish Qualifications Authority: Timetable and examination apps
• WJEC: Resources

133 You must be a member to download this article Index to Volume 98
136 SSR special issues and advertisers index