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Horner, Margaret; Palmer, Marion – Primary Science Review, 2007
"Discover Primary Science" is a major project in primary science education in Ireland. In 2006-2007 it involves 2400 primary schools, 45 host centres, and two government departments. However, it started out as a local initiative taken by one state agency in 2002 involving four Institutes of Technology and 40 primary schools. The aim of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Science, Hands on Science, Clubs
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McCullagh, John; Stewart, James; Greenwood, Julian – Primary Science Review, 2007
There has recently been a growth in the popularity of "science centres" and this development provides an excellent opportunity to support the primary science curriculum. Their use is therefore well worth including within initial teacher education courses. Hence, undergraduate student teachers at Stranmillis University College Belfast may…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teaching Centers, Elementary School Science, Preservice Teacher Education
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Sewell, Keira; Dunne, Mick – Primary Science Review, 2007
There is a strong body of evidence that science was not taught consistently to primary-aged children across England and that their memories of science prior to 1989 centre around the "nature table." While secondary initial teacher education (ITE) before the National Curriculum had a strong subject focus, this was rarely the case for…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Science, National Curriculum, Science Education
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Harlen, Wynne – Primary Science Review, 2007
The importance of self- and peer-assessment lies in helping children to take responsibility for their learning, an essential outcome of education that aims to develop the ability of school pupils to continue learning throughout life. For self- and peer-assessment what is needed is that children: (1) understand the goals of a learning activity;…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Peer Evaluation, Science Instruction, Evaluation Methods
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Milne, Ian – Primary Science Review, 2007
The revamped New Zealand curriculum emphasises "scientific literacy for all students" and provides teachers with an opportunity to promote science as an integral element of the primary school curriculum. Exploring and explaining the natural world in primary science can provide authentic contexts for the development of knowledge, skills,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Thinking Skills, Science Curriculum
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Primary Science Review, 2007
Cassop Primary School and Eastchurch Church of England Primary School were winners of the 2006 Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. This article describes how these schools have proved that the promotion of sustainable energy and the responsible use of energy is a central part of their practice and culture. Over the last eight years, a dedicated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Natural Resources, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Science
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Ballard, Stuart – Primary Science Review, 2007
Most schools visit Magna Science Adventure Centre on the back of careful planning and preparation. Magna is a fairly unique environment. "Steelos", the local name for the former Templeborough steelworks in Rotherham, West Yorkshire, was a vast plant. It became home to Magna in 2001. The building is over half a kilometre long and 45…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Museums, Science Teaching Centers
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Cutler, Marianne – Primary Science Review, 2007
Children need new skills if they are to become part of the solution to challenges such as climate change rather than part of the problem. So states the UK's National Framework for Sustainable Schools. Skills include expressing points of view, weighing up evidence, cooperating, thinking critically, tackling real problems, participating in…
Descriptors: Climate, Student Participation, Skill Development, Sustainable Development
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Shipman, Bob – Primary Science Review, 2006
When children first hear the term "sound wave" perhaps they might associate it with the way a hand waves or perhaps the squiggly line image on a television monitor when sound recordings are being made. Research suggests that children tend to think sound somehow travels as a discrete package, a fast-moving invisible thing, and not something that…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Turner, Jane; Bage, Grant – Primary Science Review, 2006
The Primary National Strategy for England argues that teachers need use the QCA units of work (or whichever scheme their school follows) only as a baseline or fallback: drawing on their "own" expertise as storytellers, creative thinkers, problem-solvers and as experts on their own pupils, to design activities that are engaging, motivating and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creative Thinking, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Feasey, Rosemary – Primary Science Review, 2006
Stories and poems are the mainstay of primary education; children of all ages love them and children themselves are capable of writing very powerful material. Using poems, stories and songs in science allows children to access science from a different point of view. In this article, the author makes some suggestions and presents a list of useful…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Poetry, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Lowe, Graham – Primary Science Review, 2006
When carrying out investigative work in the primary school, one often considers how familiar the children are with the context. This usually means considering the practical and life experiences the children have already had. However, it is also valuable to consider the children's literary experiences. Think about all the stories, novels, folk…
Descriptors: Investigations, Fairy Tales, Emergent Literacy, Novels
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Dunne, Ian B. – Primary Science Review, 2006
Science is a story, a narrative, and scientists are storytellers. Teaching is quite possibly the ultimate in storytelling so if one is teaching science he/she is already storytelling. Using a story to set up a science topic is effective. One can engage the brains of the audience, paint the scene, let them realise why the idea or work is important…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Science
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Lunn, Stephen – Primary Science Review, 2006
"Real" science is about formulating and trying to solve practical and conceptual problems on the basis of shared beliefs about the world. Scientists build theories and test hypotheses by observation and experiment. They try their best to eliminate personal bias, and are "extremely canny in their acceptance of the claims of others" (Ziman, 2000).…
Descriptors: Scientists, Scientific Methodology, Science Process Skills, Science Course Improvement Projects
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Primary Science Review, 2006
What do the Internet, mobile phones, SATs, global warming, wetsuits, wind farms, laptops, recycling bins, iPods, the NLS and the Beckhams have in common? Answer: virtually no one had heard of any of these in 1986, when the first issue of "PSR" came out. The world of children and teachers has clearly changed since then. So what of "PSR" itself?…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Literature Reviews
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