Current Projects

Current Projects

Current Projects

Current Projects

Current Projects

Templeton World Charity Foundation will provide an initial £4.5 million over 6 years to support research, training, and the development of resources for promoting teaching and learning about how knowledge works in science and RE.

Broadening Secondary School Science

Broadening Secondary School Science

Professor Michael Reiss

Professor of Science Education, Institute of Education, University College London

In their final two years of secondary school, British students may study as few as three subjects. Such narrowness often leads to hyper-specialized training. And it can stifle students’ consideration of big questions that cut across science, philosophy, religion, and history.

Broadening Secondary School Science (BRaSSS) seeks to broaden students’ view of what science is, and help them make connections between science and other subjects. Through educational research and professional development for teachers, the project will promote wider views of science and ways to teach it.

Argumentation in Science and Religious Education

Argumentation in Science and Religious Education

Professor Sibel Erduran

Professor of Science Education, University of Oxford

How and why did life originate? What is the universe? What is a person? And how do we know? By eliciting curiosity, such questions fuel students’ motivation to learn. And while religious education encourages the exploration of philosophical ideas, science lessons rarely do, even as science is not devoid of values and assumptions.

This project will create a cross-curricular professional development program to help teachers of science and religious education teach argumentation: the use of evidence and reasoning to make complex judgments. By helping students understand what arguments are and how they are made in different subjects, teachers can improve interdisciplinary learning and ignite curiosity about life’s big questions.

Key Moments in History – A Fossil Hunter’s Story

Key Moments in History – A Fossil Hunter’s Story

Marianne Cutler

The Association for Science Education

In the nineteenth century, British fossil collector Mary Anning made vital contributions to the then-nascent field of paleontology. Today, her remarkable life and discoveries can inspire students’ appreciation of the nature and process of scientific enquiry and the different contexts in which discoveries are made. Through studying Anning, they can also learn to draw connections between knowledge from science, history, and religion.

This project will produce a short film about Anning and the big ideas of science, accompanying cross-disciplinary primary education materials, and teacher resources. By designing an immersive learning experience for primary school students, these materials will help them recreate the journey that scientists like her undertake as they make sense of the world.

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