Cardiff Q-Step Centre 2015 Annual Conference

Cardiff Q-Step Centre Annual Conference

Thursday, 24th September 2015
Council Chamber, Main Building, Cardiff University

Quantitative Pedagogy in Action

The Q-Step initiative is not just about more quantitative methods teaching, but how we teach quantitative methods.  Q-Step also needs to tackle student perception of social science and create a constituency of young people who aspire to be social scientists.  This conference takes place after 18 months of the establishment of the Q-Step Centres.  It is a critical exploration of teaching methods, assessment and the experiences and views of employers, teachers and other stakeholders.

10.00       Coffee and Registration


10.30       Introduction

                 Professor Malcolm Williams, Director Cardiff Q-Step
Introduction:  Revolution, resistance and entryism – six years of quantitative teaching at Cardiff


10.45       Session One- Winning Hearts and Minds in the School and FE Sector

Rhys Jones, Cardiff University
What and how we are teaching the 6th formers

Lisa Newman (Vice principal of St David’s 6th form college)

Janis Griffiths (former Chief Examiner of Sociology for Wales with a major examining board)

Schools and colleges perspective

Neil Sheldon, Vice President for Statistical Education and Literacy, Royal Statistical

Society Developing Statistical Literacy: the RSS perspective

12.30       Lunch and Networking


13.30       Session Two- Developing Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Professor Denise Whitelock, Open University
Optimising feedback for student motivation and engagement’.
Assessment and feedback: Moving towards Advice for Action

Professor Melanie Nind and Sarah Lewthwaite, Southampton University
Teaching quantitative methods: Expert practitioners talk about pedagogy


14.30       Session Three – The Employer Perspective

Introduction – Luke Sloan

Ed Dunn, Office for National Statistics

Brett Duggan, Arad Research

15.30       Tea


16.00       Session Four – Embedding Quantitative Content: the Cardiff Experience

Sin Yi Cheung, Will Baker, Marco Pomati and Honor Young , Cardiff Q-Step

Open discussion with audience about future challenges

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