Teachers' professional development on summative assessment of practical science: perspectives from project calibrate

Sibel Erduran, Alison Cullinane, Judith Hillier, Ann Childs
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17:00 - 18:30
Department of Education
15 Norham Gardens
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Seminar Room A

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Lectures and seminars
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In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statue creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. Join us as we mark our 100th anniversary through a series of public events that reflect on our pass and pay particular tribute to our contributions in the field of teacher education today.

Our public seminar programmes are free to attend and open to all. The aim is to encourage public engagement with those interested in the field of education. All seminars are convened by members of the department and include a wealth of academics from across the department and wider University, as well as internationally recognised professionals from across the globe.


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 seminar 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).

The Speakers
Sibel Erduran is the Deputy Director of Research, Professor of Science Education and Principal Investigator of Project Calibrate.

Alison Cullinane is the Research Officer on Project Calibrate

Judith Hillier is Associate Professor of Science Education (Physics).

Ann Childs is Associate Professor of Science Education (Chemistry).

Judith and Ann are engaged in the teacher education elements of Project Calibrate.