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Pitts, Marina; Venville, Grady; Blair, David; Zadnik, Marjan – Research in Science Education, 2014
Concepts related to Einsteinian physics are usually not taught until students are in university, denying younger children access to this powerful way of understanding space, time and gravity. Considerable research has shown, however, that complex and abstract scientific ideas can be presented in age appropriate ways that result in measurable…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Tao, Ying; Oliver, Mary; Venville, Grady – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2013
Set in the context of today's globalized approaches to curriculum reform, the purpose of this study was to compare the teaching and learning of science in Chinese and Australian Grade 6 classrooms. A conceptual framework based on notions of culture and socioeconomic status informed the research design. Case study participants were three teachers…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Tao, Ying; Oliver, Mary; Venville, Grady – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore Chinese and Australian primary children's conceptual understandings of the Earth. The research was conducted in the interpretive paradigm and was designed to be descriptive with comparative and cross sectional elements. Participants were Year 3 and Year 6 children from three schools in Hunan Province,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Concept Formation, Earth Science, Scientific Concepts
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Tao, Ying; Oliver, Mary; Venville, Grady – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
The purpose of this research was to explore the long-term outcomes of either participating or not participating in early childhood science education on grade 6 students' conceptual understanding of science. The research is situated in a conceptual framework that evokes Piagetian developmental levels as both potential curriculum constraints and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Foreign Countries, Research Design, Young Children
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Donovan, Jenny; Venville, Grady – Education 3-13, 2012
The new Australian Curriculum ignites debate about science content appropriate for primary school children. Abstract genetics concepts such as genes and DNA are still being avoided in primary school, yet research has shown that, by age 10, many students have heard of DNA and/or genes. Scientific concepts appear in the mass media, but primary…
Descriptors: Genetics, Scientific Concepts, Mass Media Effects, Misconceptions
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Salter, Zarin; Venville, Grady; Longnecker, Nancy – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2011
This paper documents a case study involving a Perth primary school accompanied on its sustainability journey by Millennium Kids Inc, a local not-for-profit community organisation. Tension between the school's sustainability focus, its prestige as an elite private school and a "lucky country" mentality frames the Australian-ness of this…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Private Schools, Environmental Education, Educational Change
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Venville, Grady; Donovan, Jenny – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
This paper presents a case study of a teaching intervention designed to enrich Year 2 students' theory of biology through the introduction of causal mechanisms of inheritance such as the gene and DNA. The researchers worked collaboratively with the classroom teacher to design the intervention based on the students' prior knowledge of living things…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Intervention, Biology, Genetics