Improving Skills and Understanding in Teaching Core Earth Science
ESEU is the Earth Science Education Unit and is a national
provider of CPD in Earth science to UK teachers.
Funding secured in 2002 from UKOOA and in 2007, up until the present day, from Oil and Gas UK has
enabled ESEU to research, develop and deliver its materials around the
Earth science content of the English, Welsh and Scottish National Curricula,
virtually free of charge to schools.
The Unit offers short (up to two-hour) modular workshops provided singly or
as half-day or full-day complementary modules delivered by a nationwide team
of 44 centrally trained ESEU facilitators. For your nearest facilitator,
Facilitators have their own mobile science kit and schools are only
asked to provide standard laboratory equipment, photocopying etc and
travel expenses for the facilitator.
These workshops are activity-based, stress the importance of enquiry
in science, address pedagogical issues as well as subject content and
have been based on materials and strategies developed initially, and
supported by, the Earth
Science Teachers' Association (ESTA) and developed in collaboration
with the Scottish
Earth Science Education Forum (SESEF).
ESEU provides high quality CPD in an area of the curriculum which is
both important and neglected. Those who have taken part have greatly
welcomed ESEU's initiative. ESEU's
research has shown high up-take of the activities in all the schools
where workshops have been presented.
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