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Dr Michael Allen co-presents a paper exploring how Cypriot nursery teachers simplified sophisticated physical science concepts by using visual materials with their children.

Dr Michael AllenIn September, Dr Michael Allen, from the School of Education co-presented a paper at the 24th European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Conference in Hersonissos, Crete. The paper was entitled The type of symbols that early years teachers use for the teaching of science: A case study of teaching the water cycle. This study explored how Cypriot nursery teachers simplified some quite sophisticated physical science concepts by using visual materials with their children. The EECERA Annual Conference is considered the largest and most significant early years research conference in Europe, regularly attracting more than 600 researcher delegates from all over the world.

Dr Allen has also accepted an offer to act as Invited Speaker at the 4th International Problem-Based Learning Symposium which will take place at the Republic Polytechnic in Singapore from 17 to 20 March 2015.  There, he will be speaking on the topic of Science Misconceptions among students: Design Instruction in correcting these misconceptions in the PBL classroom.

Further information on the EECERA can be found here.