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Engaging Science Tools #2

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About this course

The European project ENGAGE is part of the “Science in Society” for promoting Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI), which provides curriculum materials to get students talk and think in socio-scientific issues that impact in their life and the planet as a whole. In order to maximise student achievement, ENGAGE online courses aims to help teachers:

  • 1. Address contemporary science issues and applications relevant to students.
  • 2. Develop beliefs, knowledge and classroom practice for ‘rri’.
  • 3. Expand their online community built around science-in-the-news and curriculum materials.

This course focuses on socio-scientific issues through Dilemma, Group Discussion, Problem-Solving and Conversation. Participants will learn:

  • Using dilemmas for students to engage, think and talk on socio-scientific issues
  • Setting up effective group discussions for learners to apply knowledge and skills
  • Preparing students through conversations for them to build scientific reasoning
  • Planning problem-based lessons with argumentative conversation for RRI/enquiry skills
  • Experiencing collaborative planning and reflective implementation of ENGAGE lessons.

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Course Staff

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John Wardle - Sheffield Hallam University

John has a wide range of experience in science education, starting his career as a science teacher and progressing to his last post as head of the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University. Throughout this time his interest and focus of work has been in the areas of the use of IT in science teaching and professional development for teachers. John was director of the Science Learning Centre from 2005-2013. He has developed a number of online programmes for science teachers and is now working as a consultant to the Engage team at Sheffield Hallam.

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Alexandra Okada - Open University

Ale Okada is an educational technologist and interdisciplinary researcher at the Open University UK. She is passionate about educational technology in Science and advises classroom teachers on the effective integration and evaluation of learning technology. She also participated in the UPd8 team for 10 years, creating learning objects and interactive content. Currently she is coordinating the research team of the ENGAGE online courses.

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Andrea Mapplebeck - Formative Education

Andrea Mapplebeck was a physics teacher, head of science, science consultant and co-head of the National Science Learning Centre before becoming director for Formative Education. Andrea has been supporting educators throughout the UK and abroad through facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD) both face-to-face and online since 2002.

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  2. Classes Start

    May 12, 2017
  3. Classes End

    Jun 12, 2017
  4. Estimated Effort

    2 hours a week