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Invisible scientists: the scandal of our lost special learners - 16 March 2022

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This presentation will consider the frequent absence of those with special educational needs/ additional support needs from the discourse about STEM in education and employment, focusing specifically on those with learning difficulties. It will consider the historical reasons for this 'absence' and consider how this legacy continues to distort current thinking and practice.

Jane will then discuss evidence that these learners can engage meaningfully with STEM, regardless of their difficulties, and the many benefits of ensuring that STEM truly is 'for all'. The final part of the presentation will challenge the notion that responding to the needs of these learners is detrimental to others, and emphasise that attending to the structural and procedural responses required by this small and hidden population will have universal benefits for all STEM learners.

About the speaker

Dr Jane Essex is senior lecturer in chemistry education at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

After teaching chemistry for 16 years, Jane moved into Initial Teacher Education, before joining the University of Strathclyde. Her passion for inclusion was fostered by both personal and professional experiences and led her to instigate a range of inclusive STEM outreach events and to undertake and lead on research into the practice of inclusion in STEM.


Please RSVP to attend this seminar by Tuesday 15 March 2022 4pm. 

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