ASE South East Area Science and CPD Conference 27th June 2008

The PALAVA group presented some initial findings on the following topics at this conference in Guildford. The presentation materials used are included below:

Cognitive Dissonance by David Mayo
The Science Video Bank Miranda Creed-Miles & Sean Moore
Managing & Changing Attitude to the use of Exercise books Ginny Kearton
Independent Learning - Revision Methods Dr Sheelagh Bowker
Science Revision - What is it in Practice? Dr Penny Robotham

Thank you, Sean, for uploading these to this page. The attendance was modest but very interested in our work.

My brief reflections are:
Cognitive dissonance: David's presentation began very theoretically focused but provided sufficient concrete examples for the audience to be clear what the topic area was. It was a good example of how theory can illuminate practical issues so we can see them better for what they are.
Science Video Bank: Miranda and Sean prompted great thinking from me about how a very practical outcome can provoke ideas for associated research. I am looking forward to hearing evidence about how it has been used as much as seeing the product itself.
Managing and Changing Attitudes to the Use of Exercise Books: Ginny has reminded me that it is one thing to know what we, perhaps, ought to do, but another thing entirely to effect change. In science education research, manging change is a particular challenge that will be forever with us!
Independent Learning - Revision Methods: Sheelagh has integrated both pupil thinking about the useful of revision resources with managing change with staff, two challenges for the price of one! I am looking forward to this developing into a project about the meaning of revision for different people, and about the extensive revision teachers do in their normal work.
Science Revision - What is it in Practice?: Penny has focused on her unusual ideas about recording learning for some time so to see this develop into work concerned with how students use their recorded learning (notebooks, etc) along side other resources was fascinating. While being quantitative, she (and Sheelagh) did not adopt a quasi-experimental approach with control groups and interventions, yet she (and Sheelagh) mined some very important interpretations that help our thinking about the practical issue of revision.

We are thinking now about presenting our work at ASE in January.