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Affeldt, Fiona; Eilks, Ingo – School Science Review, 2018
Social media are a highly visible factor in the daily lives of our students. Why should teachers not take advantage of this and develop teaching and learning materials that use the designs found in such media to contextualise science learning? This article suggests some ideas for creating lab instructions using social media design as an innovative…
Descriptors: Internet, Social Media, Instructional Design, Science Instruction
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Essex, Jane – School Science Review, 2018
This presentation to the ASE Annual Conference 2018 looked at the extent to which the notion of inclusive practice, with specific reference to provision for SEND (special educational needs and disability) but also social inclusion more widely, has impacted upon science teaching, and explored some of the barriers that continue to prevail in science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Research, Inclusion, Barriers
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Paul, Jürgen; Groß, Jorge – School Science Review, 2017
Science competitions have continuing relevance for schools. The aim of the German youth science fair "Jugend forscht" is to encourage scientific thinking and inquiry methods such as experimentation. Three concrete examples of participating projects are given. We summarise the current state of research related to science competitions,…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Inquiry, Competition, Foreign Countries
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Fuchs, Travis T.; Arsenault, Mike – School Science Review, 2017
Students, as well as teachers, often learn what makes sense to them, even when it is wrong. These misconceptions are a problem. The authors sought a quick, quantitative way of identifying student misconceptions in secondary science. Using the University of Toronto's National Biology Competition test data, this article presents a method of quickly…
Descriptors: Science Education, Secondary School Science, Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts
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Parker, Becky – School Science Review, 2017
The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) was set up to give science students the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects. Teachers and students can access data and equipment that enable them to tackle real-life issues. As a result, not only do students gain in confidence and experience in their scientific work, they are also able…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Physics, Science Activities
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Billingsley, Berry – School Science Review, 2017
Epistemic Insight is a research and education initiative that is seeking to establish effective ways to help school students to appreciate the power and limitations of science. In particular, the idea is that experiences and explanations devised by a teacher who is focused on what happens inside the science classroom might not be interpreted as…
Descriptors: Science Education, Sciences, Religion, Epistemology
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Fensham, Peter J. – School Science Review, 2017
Changes in society can, on occasion, lead to new demands on schooling, and on science education in particular. A major such demand in the 1960s led to a conceptual form of science that has dominated school science education ever since. Subsequent major societal demands have usually not been nearly as successful in redefining school science…
Descriptors: Social Change, Science Education, Educational Change, Educational History
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Macdonald, Averil – School Science Review, 2016
The UK needs more well-qualified people to enter engineering in order to maintain and develop its economy. It appears that engineering it still seen by many as the preserve of the white male. This article looks at possible reasons (often based on established prejudice among students and their families and peer groups) why, in particular, members…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Career Development, Vocational Interests, Minority Group Students
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Belova, Nadja; Affeldt, Fiona; Eilks, Ingo – School Science Review, 2016
Advertising is everywhere: on television, on the internet, on billboards and in print media. It is important to be able to understand and process the advertising messages that we are bombarded with daily. Advertising frequently uses scientific information to make a product appear more credible or to underscore specific features or benefits.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Science Instruction, Advertising
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Chow, Cheuk-Fai; So, Wing-Mui Winnie; Cheung, Tsz-Yan – School Science Review, 2016
This study applied an unconventional use of past examination papers by converting questions into hands-on experiments for students. Students in an experimental group were engaged in use of those experiments while the remainder attended conventional lectures with written practice. The results reflect that the experimental group positively improved…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Science Experiments, Hands on Science
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Harbottle, Jennifer; Strangward, Patrick; Alnuamaani, Catherine; Lawes, Surita; Patel, Sanjai; Prokop, Andreas – School Science Review, 2016
The "droso4schools" project aims to introduce the fruit fly "Drosophila" as a powerful modern teaching tool to convey curriculum-relevant specifications in biology lessons. Flies are easy and cheap to breed and have been at the forefront of biology research for a century, providing unique conceptual understanding of biology and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Genetics, Entomology
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Galton, Maurice – School Science Review, 2016
This article reviews the use of "bridging units" in science to improve curriculum continuity during transition from primary to secondary school. Based on research evidence collected over several decades, it suggests that the use of these units rose to a peak around the time of the millennium, but that in recent years few schools have…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Science Education, Science Activities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Skamp, Keith – School Science Review, 2016
Assessment guidelines in the "Australian Curriculum: Science" are outlined after the status and practice of science is overviewed. Available, but dated, empirical reports of teachers' assessment processes and procedures across the interface are compared. Current assessment practices are inferred from indirect research data. Two…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Guidelines
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Braund, Martin – School Science Review, 2016
Progression and continuity are cornerstones of the National Curriculum for England and yet it seems these slip after pupils transfer to secondary school, causing pupils to regress in science. Part of the solution is to provide continuity with challenge without repeating what has already been experienced and achieved. This article describes…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teaching Methods, Articulation (Education), Elementary Secondary Education
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Allen, Michael – School Science Review, 2016
Dips in pupils' science attitudes and performance when they transfer from primary to secondary school in England are well established. They have been related to a variety of factors, including repetition of science content at year 7 and differences in the pedagogical approaches taken by primary and secondary teachers. One potential way forward…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Transitional Programs, Articulation (Education)
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