Introduction to Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST)

There’s a lot of research evidence on effective
teaching of science in schools. But it can be difficult for busy teachers to find and
access the best evidence, and to find the time to transform it into activities to use
in class. The University of York Science Education Group,
supported by the Salters’ Institute, have developed an innovative solution. They’ve
created Best Evidence Science Teaching, a large online collection of free, open-access
resources for science teachers, developed from research evidence. The resources are designed to support effective
and responsive teaching of key concepts in science, to help students make progress, and
to help teachers develop their evidence-based practice. Resources include subject maps and progression
toolkits, which provide sequenced learning outcomes based on research into effective
teaching. Diagnostic questions, linked to the learning
outcomes, provide evidence of what students are thinking. They’re developed from research
into effective formative assessment, known preconceptions and common misunderstandings. Response activities help students overcome
their barriers to conceptual development and develop their scientific understanding. Teachers’ notes include a summary of the research
to support teachers keen to understand the evidence behind the resources provided. The best teaching draws on the best evidence.
Best Evidence Science Teaching transforms evidence into practice, putting hundreds of
free, research-informed resources at science teachers’ fingertips.

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