Practical: The Fallacy of Induction

This is the third and final post in a series about the value of practical work in science. In the first post I have suggested that science trainee teachers (and possibly some qualified teachers too), have a tendency to make assumptions about the value, and the learning, associated with practical work in science. In the […]

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Practical: Grinding Frustration

This is the second of three posts about practical work in science. In the first post I suggested that science trainee teachers (and possibly some qualified teachers too), have a tendency to make assumptions about the value, and the learning, associated with practical work in science. In this second post I’m going to illustrate this […]

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Practical: Young people’s view on science education from the Wellcome Trust Science Education Tracker

This morning the TES published a confusing article on key findings from the Wellcome Trust Science Education Tracker. This is a survey of over 4000 young people Y10-Y13 asking about their views on their science education and careers. The TES don’t even seem to have managed a link but the tracker, including a breakdown of […]

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A Potentially Different Approach

The approach to teaching energy has been a hot topic in physics for a while now. The long-established approach has been to list different types of energy and then to think of physical processes as involving transformation of energy from one form to another. Although it’s not inherent to this way of thinking, it’s quite […]

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Unbalanced or Resultant?

An object will remain stationary or continue to move at a steady speed in a straight line unless there is an unbalanced force. An object will remain stationary or continue to move at a steady speed in a straight line unless an unbalanced force acts on it. An object will remain stationary or continue to […]

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Beyond 2013?

Last week the Association for Science Education (ASE) ran a New Curriculum Question Time event with a panel of moderate-to-big hitters including Brian Cartwright (Ofsted’s National Adviser for Science) and Paul Black. I wasn’t there but there are some notes on the ASE website and a little bit on Twitter. It’s not entirely clear to […]

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