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Impact Event at the Royal Society on June 27th

We are pleased to announce that the engagement and impact event held at the Royal Society in London on Monday 27th June, was a great success. The purpose of the event was to communicate the project findings and consider the implications of the findings for teaching science at secondary level and National Curriculum reform.

Curriculum developers, policy-makers, teachers, linguists, and science experts participated in the event and lively discussion ensued on issues such as the origin and development of science metaphors in the teaching of science, and in science educational materials.

Alice Deignan and Elena Semino opened the day with a talk on metaphors and how they shape thIMG_20160627_104610inking and talking.

Alice and Elena’s presentation slides can be accessed here:

Metaphors shape thinking

 

 

 

 

 

Indira Banner and Hugh Williets discussed the use of models and analogies in science teaching.

Hugh Williets is a secondary school science teacher at Settle College in Yorkshire.IMG_20160627_110507 We are extremely grateful to Hugh, and to all of the teachers and students who participated in the project.

Indira and Hugh’s slides can be accessed here:

The Use of Models and Analogies for Teaching Science

 

 

 

 

Shirley Paul gave an overview of the data collected for the project and the methodology used to analyse some of the data.

Her presentation slides can be accessed here:shirleyRS

Methodology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Reiss from the Institute of Education, University College London gave an inspiring plenary talk on

how both teachers and students translate their knowledge of science. His presentation slides can be accessed here:

Michael Reisse

Translating Climate Science for Young People

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice Deignan discussed the key metaphor findings from the project. IMG_20160627_105713

Her presentation slides can be accessed here:

Key metaphor findings

 

 

 

 

Indira Banner and Shirley Paul presented the other key findings from the project relating to young people’s conceptions and alternative conceptions about climate change.

Indira and Shirley’s slides can be accessed here:

Young People’s Conceptions and Alternative Conceptions about Climate

 

 

 

 

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‘Translating Climate Science for Young People’: Event at the Royal Society – 27th June, 2016

Monday 27th June, 2016

An engagement and impact event for curriculum developers, policy-makers, teachers, linguists, and science experts, will be held at the Royal Society in London on Monday 27th June.

The purposes of the meeting are:

  • To consider the implications of the findings for teaching science at secondary level and National Curriculum reform.
  • To communicate the findings of the AHRC funded project, ‘Translating Science to Young People’, to a diverse range of stakeholders.

Michael Reiss (Professor of Science Education at UCL, Institute of Education) will deliver the plenary talk.

The schedule is here:

June27_schedule

Event contact details:

Alice Deignan:  A.H.Deignan@education.leeds.ac.uk

Shirley Paul:     S.A.Paul@leeds.ac.uk

 

 

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Elena Semino delivers plenary lecture at BAAL Health and Science Communication SIG event

Elena Semino delivered a plenary session on ‘Metaphors, identities and mutual relationships in online interactions among people with cancer’ at the BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) Health and Science Communication Special Interest Group event.

ElenaThe theme of the event was computer mediated health communication, and brought together academics who use linguistic ethnography and discourse analysis methodologies to investigate the ways in which health communication develops in digital contexts.

The event was held at Queen Mary University of London, UK, on 9th November.

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Elena Semino delivers presentation on how we talk about cancer at Cancer Research UK Headquarters.

Professor Elena Semino delivered a presentation on how we talk about cancer at the London Headquarters of Cancer Research UK on 28th September.

The presentation, May I take your metaphor? – how we talk about cancer, focused on how different metaphors are used in different groups of people affected by cancer, and whether one metaphor is better than another. By analysing the discourses of cancer, taken from online forums and interviews, Elena and her team have found that the two most common metaphors used are “violence” metaphors (e.g. “battle against cancer”) and “journey” metaphors (e.g. “road to recovery”). The research findings suggest that patients’ violence metaphors can express and reinforce negative feelings while journey metaphors can reinforce positive feelings. However, the latter can also be used in disempowering ways, while violence metaphors can be used in empowering ways.

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A recent study by Elena and her team on this topic can be accessed here.

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Summer School in Corpus Linguistics at Lancaster University

Dr Shirley Paul attended a four-dayAD_SS Summer School in Corpus Approaches to Social Science held during 14th – 17th July 2015 at Lancaster University. The summer school is supported by the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science CASS which is itself sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This year’s Summer School included a session on ‘Corpus-based approaches to analysing metaphor in discourse’, delivered by Professor Elena Semino. 

The Summer School culminated with a meeting of the CASS Challenge Panel. The Challenge Panel comprises a group of academics, including Professor Alice Deignan, who have specialist knowledge and expertise in corpus methods. The meeting gives junior researchers the opportunity to ask questions relating to their own corpus-based research.

 

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Elena Semino contributes to the 3rd Roundtable of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare

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Professor Elena Semino was invited to contribute to the 3rd Roundtable of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare, which was held in Hong Kong on 27-28th June 2015 on the theme ‘Enhancing Healthcare Practice by Translating Communication Research’

Her presentation showed how she has used corpus linguistic methods to analyse the patient online forums of two UK-based charities, and to answer questions posed by the charities themselves.

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Translating science for young people through metaphor presentation at RaAM

Our photo shows Dr Shirley Paul, Professor Alice Deignan and Professor Elena Semino (from left to right).

Our photo shows Dr Shirley Paul, Professor Alice Deignan and Professor Elena Semino (from left to right).

Professor Alice Deignan and Dr Shirley Paul gave a presentation as part of the RaAM (Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor) specialized seminar on Metaphors in/and/of Translation. The seminar was held at Leiden University Centre for Linguistics during 10-12th June 2015.

The presentation, Translating science for young people through metaphor, focused on providing a qualitative comparative analysis of the types of metaphors typically used in academic texts and by young people during small-group discussions, to describe scientific concepts relating to climate change.

The presentation can be accessed here

Further details of the specialized RaAM seminar can be accessed here http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/conferences/upcoming-conferences/raam-2015.html#final-programme

The RaAM website can be accessed here

http://www.raam.org.uk/conferences/next-seminar/

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