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Discussion in 'Science' started by TRJ, May 19, 2011.
Is joining the ASE worth it? £80 is a lot of money for me, what are your thoughts on it?
Depends if you are going to get involved. Or if you feel that supporting the promotion and future of science in this way is worth it.
Sideshow is completely correct, there will be no value whatsoever in joining a professional organisation if someone only measures the subscription against what they might get in return.
My post is intended, however, to emphasise the professionalism of teaching, which sometimes seems to be sadly lacking. Although I make comparisons below with doctors and lawyers etc. I accept now that I did not have the academic or intellectual acumen to become the professional scientist (a nuclear physicist!) I wanted to be as a young teenager, but I do not think this diminishes the idea of professionalism in any occupation.
When I obtained my first degree in 1963, a BSc Honours in metallurgy, my first job was in the aircraft industry, using X-ray diffraction to examine turbine engine blades. Throughout my undergraduate career I felt that I was training to become a professional, on a par with doctors, engineers, architects and lawyers, for instance. As a child, being a great Meccano enthusiast, I was always a member of the Meccano Guild! Although he was not qualified beyond apprenticeship, I always regarded my father as a professional builder. The Internet now provides considerable information and guidance on what it means to be a professional.
To further my aim in wanting to become a professional (as an undergraduate, I also showed some interest in joining the Professional Army but never pursued that one!), I immediately joined the Association of Metallurgists in the UK, but after two years I decided to become a science teacher, and during my PGCE course I immediately joined the Association for Science Education. Their introduction of the CSciTeach qualification re-enforces my ideas on the professionalism of teachers, and I would certainly be going in that direction if I was not now retired. I gained a Masters Degree in Education in 1994 and I have remained an active member of the ASE up to the present day.
Yes! I joined as a student teacher and have had some good stuff from them and done stuff for them too, I write book reviews for their journal SSR and have attended every conference that has been since I joined, I have also presented at a few too. If you are a student teacher, you can get a free day at the annual conference if you join at the same time I think. You can also get it paid for by school (if they are feeling kind) or if a bunch of you in the department join together, there is a reduced rate. They have some really good INSET and give out lots of info about new developments in teaching. You can get involved to a greater or lesser extent but it is definately worth it. They can also act like a union in giving advice/ representation if necessary.