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September 28, 2022

Brock and Park on the nature of science

An article “Distinguishing Nature of Science Beliefs, Knowledge and Understandings” authored by Richard Brock and MSHE colleague Wonyong Park has been published in the journal Science & Ecuation. Whilst teaching about the nature of science (NOS) is a significant goal of science education, there remains debate about specifying the NOS and appropriate pedagogies and approaches […]

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August 25, 2022

Thinking about Proof booklet published

In Spring 2022 we conducted the ‘Mathematics in Transit’ project. In this project a team of teachers and researchers from post-16 schools, the Southampton Education School and the School of Mathematics, explored curriculum materials to find the topic that would be most helped with a supporting booklet. The most useful topic was ‘proof’. This booklet […]

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July 30, 2022

MSc students visit to the SeaCity museum

SeaCity Museum, located in the civic centre of Southampton, tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Neta Shaby and Ran Peleg, lecturers in the School of Education, specialising in research on informal learning environment, such as museums, organised the visit for the […]

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July 10, 2022

Are instructional practices different between East and West?

A new publication by Dr Christian Bokhove explores whether instructional practices in secondary mathematics classrooms differ between Western and East Asian countries. After each round of International Large-scale Assessments such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), excellent achievements by countries in East Asia […]

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June 24, 2022

New Open Access paper published by Charis Voutsina and primary mathematics education colleagues from five UK Universities

Alderton, J., Ineson, G., Donaldson, G., Rowland, T., Voutsina, C. & Wilson, K. (2022). “You see things that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise”: enabling elementary preservice teachers to share different ways of seeing mathematics. Mathematics Education Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13394-022-00423-z Preservice teachers on 1-year postgraduate programmes engaged in shared mathematics enquiry, with a focus on visual growing patterns. […]

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June 10, 2022

Southampton Primary Schools Environmental Education Network meeting, 7th June 2022

Prof Marcus Grace and Dr Andri Christodoulou hosted the first Environmental Education Network meeting for Southampton Primary Schools at Southampton Education School, University of Southampton on 7th June 2022. This network meeting is part of the ‘Consolidating the Wild Citizens project’ funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences under the ‘Interdisciplinary Research Pump Priming Fund’ […]

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April 20, 2022

Testing programme in schools, GP surgeries and a university

As part of a larger team, MSHE colleague Dr Woods-Townsend, published a new article “How do we engage people in testing for COVID-19? A rapid qualitative evaluation of a testing programme in schools, GP surgeries and a university” on COVID-19 testing. Background The UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) emphasises the need for high […]

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April 10, 2022

Family visits to a science museum

MSHE member Dr Neta Shaby and colleagues recently published their article “Parental Instructional Strategies During Family Visit to An Agricultural Exhibition at A Science Museum” on family visits to a science museum. The aim of this qualitative study was to examine how parents use exhibits’ features during a family visit to a science museum. We […]

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March 30, 2022

The interaction between history and STEAM education

In their new paper “The interaction of history and STEM learning goals in teacher-developed curriculum materials: opportunities and challenges for STEAM education”, MSHE colleague Dr Wonyong Park and Mr Hohee Cho highlight the role history can play in STEAM education. Although the integration of subjects in the curriculum has been advocated in recent years, there […]

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March 23, 2022

Inspecting the inspectorate

Our research centre does not just have an enormous amount of subject expertise when it comes to science and mathematics, it also has plenty of novel methodological expertise. This new project by PI Dr Christian Bokhove, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is an example of this. From 1 April 2022, the project “Inspecting the inspectorate: […]

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