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ERIC Number: EJ938881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Middle Year Students Talk: Science Sux or Science Rocks!
Elliott, Katrina; Paige, Kathy
Teaching Science, v56 n1 p13-16 Mar 2010
Many students arrive at high school with enthusiasm for learning Science but by Year 9 some students have become disengaged with Science as a subject. In an attempt to find out the reasons for this, thirty-five Year 9 students from five South Australian secondary schools participated in focus group discussions. This research unearthed a number of reasons why students engaged, or did not engage, with Science as a subject. The key findings included that science lessons in the middle school need to be both objective and reflective in nature; that a student's relationship with the teacher is highly important; that students learn Science best by doing and that the use of technology in the pedagogy for learning Science is important, as is parent involvement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia