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Keeping a finger on the pulse: assessment and tracking

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Ed Walsh

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

More content and more depth: coping with new GCSEs

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Euan Douglas

Extract: 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.

Biology practicals that work: SAPS drop-in sessions at the ASE Annual Conference 2017

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Dan Jenkins and Beverley Goodger

Extract: 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.

Caught ya! A school-based practical activity to evaluate the capture–mark–release–recapture method

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Crawford Kingsnorth, Chae Cruickshank, David Paterson and Stephen Diston

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

PISA 2015: findings and some implications for UK science education

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Jonathan Osborne and Robin Millar

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

The Big Build

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Sarah Haigh, Christopher Bell and Chris Ruta

Extract: 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.

Optimal learning in schools – theoretical evidence: Part 4 Metacognition

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: John Crossland

Extract: 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.

Theme editorial: Epistemic insight: teaching and learning about the nature of science in real-world and multidisciplinary arenas

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Berry Billingsley and Mark Hardman

Teaching and learning about epistemic insight

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Berry Billingsley

Extract: 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.

Changing science education to meet the demands of a changing society

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Peter J. Fensham

Extract: 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.

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