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Details of the 4th Physics Education Seminar

Date: 16th Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 9.00 AM
Venue: Academy of Singapore Teachers, 2 Malan Road, Singapore 109433

Background to the Physics Education Seminar
The Physics Education Seminar (PES) is a biennial event that aims to serve as a platform for physics teachers from around Singapore to network and to share good teaching and learning practices they have employed in their own classrooms. This year’s PES is a special event jointly organised by the Physics Chapter (AST), the CPDD Science Unit (Physics) and NUS High School. Besides networking and sharing of good practices, PES 2017 will feature a physics bazaar showcasing demonstrations, hands-on / minds-on activities and book displays.

Theme - 
Innovating Teaching, Inspiring Learning, Influencing Lives

Teaching in the 21st century requires innovation to deal with the changing landscapes and perspectives on learning that shape the quality and meaning of purposeful living. Teachers need to continuously learn and improve their level of competency to engage the hearts and enrich the minds of students.

Programme for the 4th Physics Education Seminar

16th Nov
0900 – 0915        Welcome Address
0915 – 1015        Keynote Presentation by Prof Robin Millar
                                 Using research to improve practice in physics education
1015 – 1045       Tea-break
1045 – 1115        Q & A
1115 – 1150        Concurrent Session 1/ Concurrent Session 3
1155 – 1230        Concurrent Session 2/ Concurrent Session 3
1230 – 1430        Lunch cum Poster Presentations/ Physics Busking 
1430 – 1700        Learning Journey 
Synopsis of Keynote Presentation
It is nowadays widely agreed that practices in education, and indeed across social policy more generally, should be ‘evidence-based’.  However, the relationships between research and practice are complex.  The central question I want to address in this talk is: to what extent (and in what ways) can research in science education help a teacher who is planning to teach a physics topic?  I will explore and clarify the ideas of evidence-based practice and evidence-informed practice, and the difference between them.  The talk will use examples to consider how we might use insights from research more systematically in the design of curriculum and instruction, and explore the challenges in obtaining convincing evidence of the effectiveness of specific teaching interventions.  I will argue for a positive, but realistic, view of the potential contribution of research to practice in science education.

Background of Professor Robin Millar
Robin Millar is Emeritus Professor of Science Education at the University of York. Following a BA in Natural Sciences (Cambridge) and a PhD in medical physics (Edinburgh), he trained as a teacher and taught physics and general science for 8 years in comprehensive schools before moving to a lectureship at York in 1982. He taught for over 30 years on the Science initial teacher training programme and the undergraduate and masters’ programmes in education, and supervised several PhD studies in science education. His main research interests are in teaching and learning science (especially physics) at secondary school level, science curriculum design and development, the role of practical work, and the assessment of science learning. He has directed several large research projects, including the ESRC-funded Evidence-Based Practice in Science Education research network, and has published widely in academic and professional journals in science education. He also played a leading role in several major curriculum development projects, including Salters’ GCSE Science, AS Science for Public Understanding and Twenty First Century Science. He was President of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) from 1999-2003, and of the Association for Science Education in 2012. He was a member of the Science Expert Group (SEG) for the OECD PISA studies in 2006 and 2015. In 2008, he was awarded the Bragg Medal of the Institute of Physics, and in 2015 was made an OBE for services to science education.

Concurrent Sessions and Learning Journeys
Abstracts of the Concurrent Sessions and details on the Learning Journeys can be found here.

Please note that spaces are limited and online registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. You are strongly advised to register early to confirm your choice of Concurrent Session and Learning Journey. The closing date for registration is 16th Oct 2017.

If you are keen to do a poster presentation and/ or some Physics busking, please click here for more information.

Contact: Mr Hariz Tan <nhstsk@nus.edu.sg>

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