SEP: Learning Skills for Science 14-16

The Learning Skills for Science (LSS) programme was first produced at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP) together with the Nuffield Foundation developed the materials to be used in the UK.

This collection aims to enhance the quality of science teaching and learning by providing teachers with:

  • activities which develop students’ scientific communication skills
  • resources and pedagogy that can be easily integrated into a variety of scientific subjects
  • flexible teaching and assessment tasks suitable for different levels of students

Materials are written for 14-16 year old students. Each set of resources look at six different skill areas.

Skill area 1 - Information retrieval from books, library, experts and internet.

Skill area 2 - Listening and observing in presentations and to video.

Skill area 3 - Scientific reading of articles and textbooks.

Skill area 4 - Data representation by symbols, diagrams, graphs and tables.

Skill area 5 - Scientific writing of reports, case studies, papers, abstracts and bibliographies.

Skill area 6 - Knowledge presentation by oral presentation, multimedia and poster.

Further information about the LSS programme is available on this webpage.

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Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills of information retrieval. Activities relate to five aspects of information retrieval:
* methods of information storage and retrieval
* the library (including classification)
*...

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills in listening and observing. The area deals with:
• active listening
• guided observing
• summarising and documenting
• critical thinking
• thinking from different points of...

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills in scientific reading.

This skill area concentrates on reading three types of scientific texts:

Instructional texts, such as text books, which...

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills in representing scientific data.

Visual representations can help students to understand written scientific content and particularly texts that require complex, deep and abstract thinking. The...

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