#273 – Staying curious about science throughout our lives
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What’s in this episode?
SCIENCE! Under discussion today are the ways in which students who were switched off the sciences at school manage to retain their curiosity about the subjects and can even reengage with it later in life. Professor Rose Luckin is very lucky to have in the online studio this week Dr Andrew Morris, Honorary Associate Professor at UCL, former president of the Education Section of the British Science Association, and author, whose book, Bugs, Drugs, and Three-Pin Plugs: Everyday Science, Simply Explained, is now available wherever books are sold.
Dr Morris has an interest in serving learners and the public through scientific and evidence-based outreach. The discussion in the studio centred around science, technology, research and practice in education.
Talking points and questions:
- The ways in which people who were switched off the sciences at school retain their curiosity and can reengage with science at a later point in life
- Examples of topics and ways of approaching science that have been revealed by Dr Morris’ science discussion groups
- Research-informed educational practice, and research-informed educational policy
- Ways in which research can be transformed and mediated for use
Material discussed in today’s episode includes:
- Smartphones in schools? Only when they clearly support learning, the 2023 Global Education Monitoring Report has just released a call for technology only to be used in class when it supports learning outcomes, and this includes the use of smartphones.
- The Skinny on AI for Education, EVR’s newest publication featuring insights, trends and developments in the world of AI Ed
Dr Andrew Morris, Honorary Associate Professor, UCL, and author
Specialising in the interaction of research, policy and practice, Dr Morris was previously a director at City & Islington College and the Director of the National Educational Research Forum (NERF) in England. He has played leading roles with several education organisations, including the Learning and Skills Research Network, the Coalition for Evidence Based Education, Education Media Centre, and the EIPPEE European evidence initiative.
Rose Luckin – Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL, Founder, EDUCATE Ventures Research
Rosemary (Rose) Luckin is a Professor at University College London and Founder of EDUCATE Ventures Research (EVR) who has spent over 30 years developing and studying AI for Education. She is renowned for her research into the design and evaluation of educational technology and AI. She was named as one of the 20 most influential people in education in the Seldon List in 2017, the only non-US winner of the ISTE Impact Award, and one of Computer Weekly’s top 50 most influential women in technology for 2023. Rose regularly provides expert evidence to policymakers like the UK Parliament’s House of Lords and House of Commons select committees and the European Commission. Rose has published widely in academic journals, at international conferences, through books, and in news media (TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines). Her 2018 book, Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: The Future of Education for the 21st Century, has been translated into Mandarin and influenced many of China’s leading AI companies. Her most recent book, AI for School Teachers (2022), is an essential and accessible guide to AI for anyone in education.
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