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Jones, Bethan; Coakley, Ruth; Fenn, Lisa; Earle, Sarah; Davies, Dan – Primary Science, 2018
Making accurate, manageable assessments of children's scientific understanding, skills and progress is one of the biggest challenges facing primary teachers. In Wales, where Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) at age 11 were phased out in 2005, teacher assessment has been the only source of pupil attainment data in science for a much longer period…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Science Achievement, Science Education
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Jones, Verity – Primary Science, 2018
In many schools following the National Curriculum for England the teaching of science has been overshadowed by the demands of literacy and numeracy, with the focus on statutory testing (SATs) and emphasis on national targets. This has often led to increasing concerns around teachers' subject knowledge, the sapping of teacher confidence and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Poetry, Scientific Methodology, Investigations
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Egan, Padraig – Primary Science, 2018
Artists and scientists attempt to understand all manner of things through skills such as observation, classifying, measuring, and making new connections. They share an innate curiosity about the world and how things work. This can be viewed as the common bond that ties the two disciplines together. In this article, Padraig Egan explores how art…
Descriptors: Science Education, Art Education, Integrated Activities, Science Activities
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Cockell, Charles S.; Gutierrez Fosado, Yair Augusto; Hitchen, James; Landenmark, Hanna; Perera, Liam; Vissers, Teun – Journal of Correctional Education, 2018
The field of astrobiology is concerned with the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the Universe. It contains within it civilization-level questions such as: What is the future of humanity on Earth and can we successfully explore and settle other planets? As such, it offers an educational framework for both teaching basic science and…
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Science Education, Astronomy, Biology
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DeFina, Anthony V. – Science Teacher, 2017
To promote teaching science through inquiry, the author wanted to use his experience in the Galápagos to design a lesson that allows students to immerse themselves in the essential science and engineering practices identified in the "Next Generation Science Standards," as they ask questions; analyze and interpret data; engage in argument…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills, Evolution
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Williams, Simon – Primary Science, 2017
According to Harlen (2010) the ultimate goal of science education is for children to have an understanding of relationships, moving beyond science as a series of facts or small ideas towards seeing the bigger picture. Working with a group of 10- and 11-year-olds from a year 6 class, teacher Simon Williams provided a series of challenges using the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Grade 6
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Taylor, Neil; Hansford, Diane; Rizk, Nadya; Taylor, Subhashni – Primary Science, 2017
In Australia, the Federal Government and the Australian Academy of Science have developed a programme entitled "Primary Connections" (primaryconnections.org. au), aimed at supporting the teaching of science in the primary sector. The programme makes strong and explicit links between science and literacy through the use of word walls,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Literacy Education
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Strachan, Amy; Sinclair, Alex – Primary Science, 2017
In the primary science department of an initial teacher training institute, it is the responsibility of educators to ensure that their students enter the education profession with the knowledge and confidence to deliver all areas of the National Curriculum in England programmes of study for science. The authors aim for their students to use…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Science Education, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education
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Eley, Alison – Primary Science, 2017
There are many professional development programmes on offer for primary science. The best of these involve teachers in developing practice over time, alongside engaging with theory. In this article, the author considers how working as part of a professional learning community can support a collaborative and evidence informed approach to improving…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Development, Faculty Development, Science Education
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Cain, Toni; Davey, Jemima; Colliety, Georgi; Hayward, Maddy; Robinson, Camilla; Kerr, Regan; Shaw, Rob – Primary Science, 2017
The authors are all students in the final year of a three-year undergraduate teacher-training programme at St Mary's University, Twickenham, London. For one of their courses they were asked to identify their science-learning journey to date. In this article, trainee teachers talk about science and explore their reasons for becoming science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Long, Fran – Primary Science, 2017
The author describes how she has developed learning and teaching through engaging with social media. By following a wealth of individuals and organisations (both local and national) she has tapped into a rich source of information.
Descriptors: Social Media, Information Sources, Science Education, Social Networks
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Canipe, Martha; Tolbert, Sara – Science Teacher, 2016
As institutions, science and science education alike have rarely included the perspectives and contributions of indigenous peoples pertaining to the natural world. Yet, people worldwide have benefited from the traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous communities. Western science and technology, though broadly worthwhile, have been a source…
Descriptors: Science Education, Climate, Indigenous Knowledge, Ecology
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2016
Young children love to draw, and should be encouraged to explore drawing as a communication tool. Drawing is a means by which children can express their thoughts, interests and feelings, long before they learn to write. We know that: "children's drawings are vehicles for expression and communication" (Chang, 2012, p. 187). This form of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Hardman, Sally; Luke, Sue – Primary Science, 2016
Children are naturally curious about the world around them and are often intrigued by everyday objects and experiences. Primary school teachers frequently make use of "WOW moments" to generate children's interest in science (Feasey, 2005). These moments capitalise on the children's fascination with objects and experiences in their…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Elmgren, Maja; Ho, Felix; Åkesson, Eva; Schmid, Siegbert; Towns, Marcy – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Chemistry education focused on learning outcomes is increasingly practiced, providing new opportunities for international comparisons. The interest in intended learning outcomes and constructive alignment has grown in many parts of the world due to both research in higher education and political decisions. In an International Union of Pure and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Outcomes of Education, Best Practices, Science Education
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