Necessary and sufficient?

“If educators are to lead teaching and learning then this is the must-read book” . With an endorsement like that, especially from such a source as John Hattie, how can the ordinary teacher go past such a call? Aren’t we in an educational crisis where we need all the help we can get? We need better teachers with more development and more emphasis on teaching students and improving their results. Teachers are told this from a range of sources including […]

Reading Research or Understanding Research?

There’s this line in A Fish called Wanda that kept coming back to me last week: “Apes don’t read philosophy!”. “Yes they do Otto, they just don’t understand it”! I’d been all week at a series of productive meetings but the point was being made time and again by various people “I read research”. Later on, I get into a conversation with a colleague on a different issue and the same point is raised, they were expected to read research. […]

Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques

Rating: Susan K Jacobson, Mallory D McDuff, Martha C Monroe. (eds). 2015. Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques.2e. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978 0 19 871669 3. I suppose I was lucky. I joined a college in the 1970s where outdoors education was possible and all you needed was a plan. I designed a wildlife conservation course  and ran it for almost 25 years, overcoming funding issues (found a sponsor), lack of tools (found a supplier), lack of location (got a […]

Our World in Data

Our World in Data – far from it being difficult to find data, we are often overwhelmed by the sheer mass of material available. This site seeks to make understanding slightly simpler by creating a series of visualizations.

Valuing Assessment in Science Education

Rating: Deborah Corrigan, Richard Gunstone and Alister Jones. 2013. Valuing assessment in Science Education: pedagogy, curriculum, policy. Springer. ISBN 978 94 007 6667 9 “change in education is easy to propose, hard to implement and extraordinarily difficult to sustain: (p101).   One of the more pressing issues in modern education is the development of some form of assessment. The whole term has become laden with alternative meanings of which, the initial and simplest, is to explore the student’s understanding of […]

The Rise of the Science Citizen

“Citizen science is creating excitement throughout the ecological world” Serendipity strikes again! Just as I was completing some work for students on systems models so an email arrives inviting me to participate in a programme of “lagoon” (read freshwater areas, this is Australia!) studies. The proponents (a local university research team) want to investigate how people interact with nature. That was easy to complete, so we are going along in a few weeks time. Returning home I get the latest […]

Environment Online

Environment Online – from their website: “Environment Online – ENO is a global virtual school and network for sustainable development. Environmental themes are studied throughout the school year and campaigns arranged simultaneously around the world”

Reshaping Learning

Rating: Ronghuai Huang Kinshuk and J Michael Spector. (eds). 2013 Reshaping Learning: Frontiers of Learning Technology in a Global Context. Springer. ISBN 978 3 642 32300 3. Perhaps it is appropriate that this review should attempt something new on a book dedicated to exploring the new! In one tab I have my review post, on another I have an e-copy of the text currently with limited functions (possibly, mostly my own!). It will be an experience to see what happens […]

Plus ça change…

Once more unto the breach?   I was drawn into considering the nature of curriculum reform when reading a recent BES blogpost looking at GCSE reform. The basic idea was that another round of reforms was on the way and consultation was afoot! What are you looking for in a science curriculum? In a way, it sounds almost biblical as Matriculation begat O levels and O levels begat GCSE and GSCE might (or again, might not) begat English Baccalaureate. Is […]

And you say it’s what?

Over the years, one of the most crucial but difficult skills has been species identification. OK, difficult for me but I’m guessing , possibly, others! It might be because I came to ecology via earth sciences (rocks and fossils no issue, living material, more difficult!).  Looking through the BES bulletins, I found a common thread. How do we accurately identify species in the field and, probably as an adjunct, but I’d argue needs a higher profile, how do we support  […]