SEP: Learning Skills for Science Post-16

The Learning Skills for Science (LSS) programme has been developed by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme from work done by the Weizmann Institute of Science.

The materials can be used by students who are studying post-16 level courses in chemistry, physics, biology, applied science or science in society. They aim to help students to:
* develop information literacy relating to the specific needs of learning science
* prepare for independent learning
* consider sources of information and audiences to whom information is given
* have a meaningful context for learning about specific scientific concepts.

The LSS materials enable teachers to integrate these skills into the teaching of scientific content. They provide activities to facilitate explicit guided learning opportunities that foster their development. The materials address six skill areas.

Skill area 1 - Information retrieval from books, libraries, experts and the internet
Activities: Ideas about information, using the library, editing a scientific book, using e-journals, using the internet and evaluating websites.

Skill area 2 – Listening and observing presentations and video
Activities: Skills of learning from presentations and films.

Skill area 3 – Reading scientific articles and textbooks
Activities: Assessing the usefulness of articles, browsing and scanning, re-interpreting text and identifying types of text.

Skill area 4 – Representing data using symbols, diagrams, graphs and tables
Activities: Using visual representations, learning from tables, processing data sets, presenting data and interpreting graphs.

Skill area 5 - Scientific writing of reports, case studies, papers, abstracts and bibliographies
Activities: Summarising information, structures of article, reports and papers, writing to a format and evaluating writing.

Skill area 6 - Knowledge presentation using oral presentations and posters
Activities: Making presentations, recognising and creating scientific research posters.

There are trainer development materials associated with the delivery of LSS learning activities. They can be found at: LSS Trainers' Materials.

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

Resources

Skill 1: Information Retrieval

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills in information retrieval. Activities encourage students seeking specific scientific information to look for professional and reliable sources, not only on the internet but also in the libraries and...
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2000 - 2009

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Skill 2: Listening and Observing

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills in gathering information by listening and observing.The materials provide opportunities for students to practice:* active listening* guided observing* summarising and making notes* critical thinking*...
Publication date:
2000 - 2009

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Skill 3: Scientific Reading

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills in reading for information.Text with lots of information and subject-specific language demotivates and slows down the reader. This can lead to poor comprehension and a reluctance to engage with further...
Publication date:
2000 - 2009

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Skill 4: Data Representation

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills in representing data.In this skill area, students focus on the subject of visuals. With many diverse forms of representation, visual representations can help students to understand written scientific...
Publication date:
2000 - 2009

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averagepsychologist

Looks fab! Was introduced to this resource by science ed Guru Dr Davenport and fully intend to use with my Post-16 psychologists. Yay STEM!  Ben, Shefield.

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