PALAVA Summer Conference 2010 June 12th

This year's conference will take place at Prospect School, Reading, by kind permission of the Headteacher, Deborah Ajose. For details of getting there, see the school web site on Prospect School
The facilities provided were superb, and the caretaker very helpful. Teacher colleagues attending were very helpful with the domestics, and the presentations were thoughtful and inspiring, perhaps even provocative at times. A thoroughly professional day.

I have put comments after each presentation.
The outline programme is

0900 Welcome and registration
0930 Three presentations:
Leyla Di_Bellonia & Misbah Arif, London Schools, Transitioning Particles, a KS2/3 project This tested particle modelling ideas at Year 6 and 4! Well bonded to the existing literature. Super qualitative data. Would encourage you to write more about your own changes, which would be fascinating.
Elaine Batchelor, City of Leicester College, Draw a Scientist Test by Teaching Assistants A standard idea with an innovative twist, focusing on Teaching Assistants who now have a great input into individual children's thinking in science. Well bonded to the existing literature. Super qualitative data. The gap in the research literature was well spotted.
Dinah Barry, City of London School for Girls, Extended Year 7 physics projects Work in progress., as stated, based on enquiry with space for different work by different pupils. Well bonded to the existing literature. Looking forward to hearing more about its progress.
1030 Refreshments
1100 An EU project in collaboration with teachers: History and Philosophy in Science (HPS) Teaching A major project full of interesting insights into human and philosophical science. Evelyn provided the successes with warts and all, very unusual in research accounts, and focused on CPD needs in HPS, with need for more time for teacher-researcher discussion. John gave some anecdotal accounts covering the three modules, especially the acidity one, while Evelyn focused on temperature. The material will be released in the summer for all.
John Oversby, Reading University: Temperature and acidity: HPS approaches
Evelyn Auld, Calthorpe Park School, History of Temperature
1200 Two presentations:
Unsal Topsakal, Istanbul and Reading University, Visualisation in Biology Education Based on diagram construction of lowers and cells by teachers, showing the challenges in making diagrams. Big questions about many issues such as whether diagramming should be part of the curriculum, and of the need for botanical accuracy. Well bonded to the literature. A qualitative study.
Catherine Lowe, Ashlyns School, Berkhamstead, Using wikispaces for independent learning skills The use of wikispaces and other VLEs for purposes other than transmission of information is increasing. Cath's talk demonstrated very well the interactive possibilities and, perhaps, provoked some in trying out this relatively new tool. The literature is still developing in this area and Cath's work is a good contribution.
1230 Lunch
1315 Two presentations
David Mayo, Bristol, Using graphic organisers Focused on PALAVA input on graphic organisers (Petty Chapter 10) with many examples of impact in own pedagogy through qualitative studies.
Penny Robotham, Alcester Grammar School How do pupils revise? A very thorough and personal account of progress in exploring how pupils revise. A mixed methods study (qualitative and quantitative) with many challenging ideas.
1415 Review session
1445 Final refreshments and home
1500 Finish

Any PowerPoints, papers, will be uploaded to this page

John Oversby


  1. John Oversby
  2. Misbah Arif
  3. Evelyn Auld
  4. Jennifer Baker
  5. Dinah Barry
  6. Elaine Batchelor
  7. Leyla Di-Belloni
  8. Ginny Kearton
  9. Lai Mei Leong
  10. Catherine Lowe
  11. David Marsh
  12. David Mayo
  13. Jayne Pickering
  14. Penny Robotham
  15. Dominic Sedgwick
  16. Saima Shabir
  17. Anastasia Strika
  18. Unsal Topsakal