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At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered at various locations across the University. Lectures in the Castle Public Lecture Series take place within the Great Hall of historic Durham Castle, while the Institute of Advanced Study hosts a year round programme of inter-disciplinary lectures. Our Museums offer public lectures to accompany exhibitions and events and our Colleges celebrate that they are scholary communities with series' such as Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

Public lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Research Seminar: Misconceptions in Primary Science

5th February 2020, 13:00 to 14:00, Education ED134

A seminar from Dr Michael Allen, Associate Professor of Science Education at Kingston University, London.
Although the focus of the session will principally be science education, the content will be of interest to teachers and researchers from other fields since broader aspects of learning theory and pedagogy will be considered.
Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

People of all ages construct ideas that are in conflict with current scientific thinking; these have been called science misconceptions. Today’s session will discuss the origins of some of these misconceptions, how they create barriers to understanding science (including contributing to the myth that ‘all science is difficult’), and ways that teachers can help learners reconstruct them into more scientifically accurate concepts.

Hosted by the Pedagogy & Curriculum Thematic Research & Scholarship Cluster

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