Summative Assessment for Practical Science: From Cookbook Approaches to Mindful Exploration

6th November 2019 : 16:30 - 17:30

Category: Webinar

Speaker: Alison Cullinane (University of Oxford) and Stephen Wooding (AQA)

Location: Online

A Webinar For Science Teachers Teaching at GCSE Level


Webinar Information


Project Calibrate addresses a systematic approach to improving practical science at GCSE level. It is a joint project with researchers from Oxford University, AQA and Key Stage 4 teachers and students. This project is striving for curriculum innovation that couples the design of novel assessments, accompanied by teacher engagement to ensure effective implementation of curricular goals worth teaching.

This webinar will focus on the teacher education aspect of the project. It will outline the approaches being implemented to develop the teachers’ knowledge and understanding to implement strategies to teach and assess practical science which aims to result in a more coherent understanding of how science works. (Jointly funded by Wellcome Trust, Gatsby Foundation and Royal Society).

Please note that as part of the registration process you will be asked to complete a 10 minute survey.  Participants completing the webinar will receive a free pack of assessments produced by the project.

About the Speakers


Dr Alison Cullinane is a Departmental Lecturer in Science Education at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include teacher education, nature of science, practical science and assessment. She has several years of experience teaching in science education lecturing positions across a number of institutions in Ireland and now the UK. In these roles, she taught on science and science education courses to national and international students.

Dr Stephen Wooding is a Senior Researcher at AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Practice (CERP). He has a BSc (Jt Hons) in Physics and Materials Science and a PhD in Computational Physics, and has taught at both university and secondary school level. Steve has spent the majority of his career in data science, competitive intelligence and knowledge management, psychometrics, and organisational change.




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