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What's hot for 2000

Next week, the Assocation for Science Education's annual meeting will be buzzing with ideas. In this 16-page special report, "The TES" highlights some of the hot issues in science teaching.

"Beyond 2000", a long-awaited report from King's College, will be presented at the ASE on January 8. Jonathan Osborne, Robin Millar and Sue Collins propose a new way of "selling" science to students, awakening their imaginations.

Russell Stannard agrees. On page VII he offers a witty and passionate defence of teaching quantum theory to primary children, as he will in his Institute of Physics lecture on January 9.

There is more on "selling science" on page VI, where James Williams calls for lessons to involve ethical debate; on page XI, where Brian Matthews is interviewed about his work piloting emotional literacy in the laboratory; and on pages VIII-IX, where John Stringer looks at literacy in primary science. Mary Cruickshank, on page X, reports on a unique project linking chemistry to development education, ecology and social history.

Other cross-curricular issues include Rosemary Feasey, this year's ASE chair, contributing to three pages (III-V) on the role of maths in science with a plea for better integration across the primary curriculum.

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