Beyond memory: defining the skills of good A-level chemists

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Posted by: Kristy Turner
Date: 20th October 2016

Have you ever heard a student described as ‘weak’? Or do you know of a student being advised not to continue studying a subject because of the jump between GCSE and A-level?

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Grammar schools: what the evidence says

Posted by: Lee Elliot Major
Date: 23rd September 2016

Few topics in education can light the litmus paper in quite the same way as grammar schools. And so it has proved with the explosion of debate that has followed from the prime minister’s recent announcement that the government would like to see new selective state schools established for the first time in a generation. 

Emotion rather than evidence has fuelled the discussion. There has been a lot of heat, but very little light.

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My New Year resolutions

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Posted by: Kristy Turner
Date: 1st September 2016

My back-to-school haircut has been booked, new stationary purchased and shoes polished. The nights are beginning to draw in and there is a whiff of autumn in the air. It’s time for the new term.

Ordinary mortals make their New Year resolutions in January, but for the heroes in education, New Year is in September. Though, disappointingly, it doesn't involve champagne and kissing strangers at midnight. 

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How to make science relevant to students

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Posted by: Catrin Green
Date: 23rd August 2016

All students need a good understanding of science before they leave our schools, from those who will need it to make informed decisions on energy providers to those who may become chemistry professors. 

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Why don't teachers use education research in teaching?

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Posted by: Paul MacLellan
Date: 9th August 2016

In June I gave a presentation on the gap between teaching and education research at the ResearchED Maths and Science conference. This is the transcript of that talk.

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My first experience of publishing education research

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Posted by: Kristy Turner
Date: 21st July 2016

I recently published my first research paper in chemistry education, not only my first in that field but also my first as a sole or lead author. It was an education in itself.

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Students will learn more if they're interested

Posted by: Neil Monteiro
Date: 14th July 2016

Does it matter if our students are interested in the subject we are teaching? Should we care if they are enthusiastic or engaged? 

Most educators, quite understandably, see their role in engendering interest and curiosity as subservient to their main goal of teaching the facts of their subject. A fascinating demo can be squeezed in if time allows. But are we missing something by taking this approach?

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Why I’m part of today’s teacher strikes

Posted by: Andy Brunning
Date: 5th July 2016

Today, school classrooms across the country are unusually empty and silent. Thousands of teachers are striking as part of the National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) action against current government education policy, and their fears regarding its effects on our children’s education. I will be one of those striking. My reasons for doing so are too long for a series of tweets, so I’ve tried to set out here a classroom teacher’s perspective on the action and why I believe it is necessary.

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Multicourse teaching in Scotland: more is less

Posted by: Bill Beveridge
Date: 19th May 2016

In a large city school in Scotland, a chemistry teacher nervously awaits the arrival of her next class. Helen (not her real name) is very aware the stakes are high for the Higher Chemistry students in her class – the grades they secure will prove critical in determining whether they can secure entry to university.

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CPD for EiC – your views count

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Posted by: Karen J Ogilvie
Date: 17th May 2016

We talk a lot at Education in Chemistry about CPD – how you can learn about current best practice and apply it in your own teaching. Well, we need CPD, too.

To effectively support your chemistry teaching, we need to keep up to date, not just in chemistry education but in publishing methods that ensure we give you the content you really need, in a way you find useful.

To do this, we’re asking for your help. We need to hear your opinions about what EiC means to you.

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