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Friday, January 5 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Threshold Concepts and the Space in Between: Applying research to every day practice T81

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Threshold concepts are challenging, “troublesome” concepts that, once mastered, enable students to develop a new (or transformed) understanding, and to make connections that were previously inaccessible. I wanted to identify the stumbling blocks in KS4 Structure and Bonding that hold students back from developing a deeper understanding.
Using misconceptions literature, I identified and compiled a list of tricky concepts, and I aimed to identify the true threshold concepts via teaching and assessment.
I'll demonstrate how you can integrate research ideas, including Misconceptions literature and Cognitive Science, into everyday practice without significantly veering off-piste. Via my usual assessment activities, I identified "hurdles" and "bottlenecks" that prevent students fully understanding a topic.

I'll also talk about how and why I think spaced practice might help students to move from "mimicry" (giving the correct answers to questions, without fully-developed understanding) to "mastery. 

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Niki Kaiser

Chemistry teacher and Research Lead, Notre Dame High School
What should people talk to me about? About how I'm a Chemistry teacher who always thought she'd be a flautist? Or about how someone with a Chemistry PhD ended up working on ships as a Marine Scientist and sampling phytoplankton? Or about why I am fascinated by Threshold Concepts... Read More →

Friday January 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Maths 105