The University's partnership with Dundee Science Centre and Dundee College to promote science education was celebrated last week with the official opening of the Science Learning Institute.
This initiative has been led by the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education. Launching the initiative at Dundee Science Centre, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Mike Russell described it as an "excellent example of Scotland's science centres moving beyond their traditional visitor focus to promote science learning."
The SLI aims to support the new Curriculum for Excellence through teacher professional development, promote public engagement with science through science communication training for research scientists and support core skills training in further education. It has already provided training programmes for 300 teachers, scientists and museum educators throughout Scotland. This includes very well received contributions from ESWCE staff Sheila Henderson, Neil Taylor and Sharon Tonner, who addressed topics such as developing mathematical and scientific thinking, interactive physics and the use of Quick Response Codes with handheld devices to support learner engagement.
For further information on the Science Learning Institute, visit www.dscsciencelearninginstitute.org.uk.
Posted: 16 March 2011