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Hines, Chris – Primary Science Review, 2007
Climate change is having a major effect on water cycles. There is an increased intensity and frequency of severe storms resulting in flooding. Floods in other parts of the world cause death on a major scale. Meanwhile across the planet, one billion people (a sixth of the world's population) do not have access to safe drinking water, and two…
Descriptors: Water, Climate, Rural Development, Child Health
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Whitburn, Niki – Primary Science Review, 2007
An area that teachers often find difficult to make interesting is the earth science component of the science curriculum. This may be for a variety of reasons, such as lack of knowledge, lack of ideas or lack of resources. This article outlines ideas and activities that have been developed by the Earth Science Teachers' Association (ESTA) primary…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Science Curriculum
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Goldsworthy, Anne – Primary Science Review, 2007
"Primary Science Review's" original "Wobbly Bits" series of articles was born back in 1997, after a conversation about this problem at a meeting of the ASE Primary Committee. The conversation turned to primary science teachers' scientific learning journeys. Each one of them could recount a story where they had completely misunderstood an aspect of…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Anxiety, Elementary School Science, Misconceptions
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Collins, Robert; Simpson, Frances – Primary Science Review, 2007
In this article, the authors explore the question, "Does the Moon spin?", and show how the question is investigated. They emphasise the importance of the process by which people work out what they know, by "learning from the inside out." They stress that those involved in science education have to challenge current conceptions and ideas, making…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Peacock, Alan – Primary Science Review, 2007
When "ITV News" ran an item that shocked the author, about rising sea levels that will have caused the entire evacuation of the islands by the end of this year, he began to wonder whether the Pacific Ocean is really rising as fast as this. The media reporting of such things can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it brought to the author's…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Environmental Influences, Teaching Methods, Science and Society
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Randerson, James – Primary Science Review, 2007
Newspapers often pick the most sensational, the most quirky, the most amusing science stories at the expense of other, perhaps more important, work. Despite offering a distorted window on science and technology, they can still be a useful launch pad for a classroom discussion or exercise. The key to using them is understanding what makes news and…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Newspapers, Teaching Methods, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Mant, Jenny; Wilson, Helen – Primary Science Review, 2007
Many envisage electricity as the "power" to "do things." They know that electricity needs "circuits" and that something is "flowing" in the circuits, but they are not sure what or why. Words such as "current" and "voltage" are part of electricity but their meaning, and the difference between them, is not always clear. In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Energy, Science Teachers, Scientific Concepts
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Primary Science Review, 2007
The Ancient Greeks saw the world as earth, air, fire and water. This article presents some children's ideas about what makes up the Earth. Children were asked to share what they thought the Earth was made of, how old it is, how long it took to create, and what is inside it. The answers indicate that they often have emerging though vague ideas…
Descriptors: Geology, Time, Children, Elementary School Students
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Peacock, Alan – Primary Science Review, 2007
The Jurassic Coast is Britain's only natural World Heritage site, a tangible time-line that takes one through 185 million years of history in 95 miles of coast. It provides individuals with a world-famous educational resource and an unrivalled outdoor classroom that has played a key role in the study of earth sciences. The author is keen to ignite…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Student Interests, Geology
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Cowell, Danielle; Watkins, Richard – Primary Science Review, 2007
It is becoming clear that human influences are a significant factor driving climate change. Education is one of the main weapons in influencing patterns of behaviour and teachers inevitably have a crucial role to play. Teachers need to be fully aware of issues surrounding climate change in order to be positive role models for children and to…
Descriptors: Role Models, Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Climate
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Kimamo, Githui M. – Primary Science Review, 2007
Kenya now has a 2-8-4-4 system, which means two years of preprimary (nursery, age 4-6), eight years in primary school, four in secondary, and four at university. However, at the end of the primary education course, pupils still sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), a very competitive examination that determines who will…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Educational Change, Curriculum Development, Exit Examinations
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Saunders, Lorna; Bird, Sue – Primary Science Review, 2007
Recent curriculum changes in Scotland and England have provided teachers and children with an exciting opportunity. The focus is shifting from a content-led curriculum to one that has a greater emphasis on skills and personal capability. In Scotland this is particularly evident with the emphasis on the development of children as successful…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, History Instruction, Nutrition Instruction, Dietetics
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Andrews, Jackie – Primary Science Review, 2007
Over the last couple of years, the author has produced six series of 15-minute studio-based programmes for Teachers' TV (the government-funded digital channel for UK teachers) entitled "Resource Review", totalling about 100 programmes. Each consists of three panellists evaluating three teaching resources for primary or secondary level…
Descriptors: Television, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Science
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Norman, Ssempa Nurudean; Singh, Surjit – Primary Science Review, 2007
The development of science and technology in any country will be a key factor in determining its status and power in an open economy, and developing countries such as India and Uganda cannot afford to be left behind. The observed fall in the number of youngsters seeking careers in science during the past few years has become a matter of concern to…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Science Education, Developing Nations
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Belay, Raynald; Jasmin, David; Lena, Pierre – Primary Science Review, 2007
In this article the authors introduce "La main a la pate," an international programme based in France that focuses on enquiry-based science. Since 1996, the Academie des sciences in France has been engaged in serious intervention in order to renew science education in primary schools. Based on enquiry-teaching principles, and closely…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Education, Inquiry, Active Learning
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