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Teaching Practical Science: Progress Student Learning Through Hands-On Science

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Course Features

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Duration

9 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Available on

Lifetime Access

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Accessibility

Mobile, Desktop

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Language

English

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Subtitles

English

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Level

Intermediate

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Effort

3 hours per week

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Teaching Type

Self Paced

Course Description

This CPD ExpertTrack was created for secondary school science teachers looking to improve student engagement and learning through practical science.

These courses provide strategies and methods for incorporating practical work into science classes. Teachers of science can develop learning strategies that increase engagement and encourage learning by looking at the context progression assessment and learning outcome. These courses are based on examples from biology, physics, and chemistry.

How to engage students in science subjects is more than just a school issue. We are aware that there is a global STEM skills shortage. This skills gap can be addressed by collaborating with students in school to develop practical and scientific skills.

Students can learn more about the relationship between theory and practice by engaging in hands-on science. Practical science experiments can bring to life what students learn in textbooks. Teachers can promote active learning by involving students in the learning process. This will ultimately lead to better learning outcomes.

This ExpertTrack will provide teachers with CPD that encourages reflection and experimentation in the classroom, as well as online learning.

A peer-to-peer learning community will be beneficial for you. Teachers can share their ideas on engaging students with practical science experiments with other professionals, exchanging best practices and advice.

This ExpertTrack uses practical work examples from the UK's GCSE curriculum. The pedagogical methods and many of these experiments can be transferred to other curricula.

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Skills You Will Gain

Prerequisites/Requirements

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This ExpertTrack is aimed at those involved in teaching science in secondary schools, to students aged 14-16 years

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You'll need to have awareness of the science curriculum and health and safety requirements for teaching hands-on science in your local area

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The courses are built around the UK GCSE framework, though the insights would be relevant to any science teaching context

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The examples used in this course are based on practical science experiments for students aged 14-16 years

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The approaches to practical science explored would also be relevant for those teaching students aged 11-19 years

What You Will Learn

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Develop your confidence in delivering and evaluating teaching for practical skills in biology, chemistry and physics for 14-16 year olds

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Develop effective learning outcomes for practical work in biology, chemistry and physics

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Reflect on the effectiveness of practical activities on every students' learning

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Design progression and assessment approaches within practical work

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Collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science

Target Students

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This ExpertTrack will improve your confidence in teaching practical science and enable you to develop approaches in planning practical science experiments to improve student learning

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This CPD ExpertTrack for teachers and others involved in teaching science to students aged 14-16 is designed to facilitate a peer-to-peer learning environment, with discussion, activities and reflection

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Learners would benefit from some experience of teaching science as well as a strong grasp of relevant scientific principles

Course Instructors

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Karen Hornby

Instructor

I taught science for ten years and was Head of Science for three years, before becoming a subject specialist at the National STEM Learning Centre.
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Adam Little

Instructor

Professional Development Leader: Physics at the National STEM Learning Centre in York. My background is a Head of Science and Assistant Leader of Teaching and Learning.
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Tom Lyons

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ESERO-UK Teacher Fellow, working for STEM Learning, York. Using the context of space to inspire STEM teaching and learning. Teacher of physics, satellite engineer, father of two.
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Gill Gunnill

Instructor

I am a Professional Development Leader at the National STEM Learning Centre. I have been a biology teacher for 34 years with 10 years as Head of Science and 7 years as a senior leader.
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