Dialogue facilitation techniques for future science teachers

PGCE group 3Guest post by Jane Thomson

Last Thursday, Jane Thomson and Alexa Hime returned to Leeds to discuss Genetic Engineering with the 2012-2013 science PGCE cohort of Leeds University.

During the day, participants modelled a range of warm-up games, question generating methods and facilitation techniques. Both sessions were very lively as the groups debated “Why don’t we genetically engineer gigantic apples?” and “Designer babies – where do we stop?”. Our evaluation indicated a marked improvement in class discussion confidence as a result of the sessions and several students said they looked forward to trying the model with their own students.

“Many thanks again for the input yesterday. The students have given very positive feedback. I hope that you’ll consider providing a similar contribution again next year” Feedback from Professor Jim Ryder (Professor of Science Education and Editor of the international research review journal Studies in Science Education.)

Dialogue in Science is a professional development workshop developed and delivered by the education team of the Biochemical Society.
If you would like to host a workshop to help with group dialogue facilitation, please contact jane.thomson@biochemistry.org

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