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Kaur, Tejinder; Blair, David; Stannard, Warren; Treagust, David; Venville, Grady; Zadnik, Marjan; Mathews, Warwick; Perks, Dana – Research in Science Education, 2020
The modern Einsteinian conception of space, time, matter and radiation represents a radical paradigm shift compared with the traditional Newtonian physics that underpins most primary and secondary school science. It is increasingly recognised that school education should encompass this modern paradigm to allow a seamless progression of learning…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Physics
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Oliver, Mary; Venville, Grady – Research in Science Education, 2017
"Thinking Science" is a 2-year program of professional development for teachers and thinking lessons for students in junior high school science classes. This paper presents research on the effects of "Thinking Science" on students' levels of cognition in Australia. The research is timely, with a general capability focused on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Junior High School Students, Faculty Development
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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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Venville, Grady; Rennie, Léonie; Hanbury, Colin; Longnecker, Nancy – Research in Science Education, 2013
A concern commonly raised in literature and in media relates to the declining proportions of students who enter and remain in the "science pipeline", and whether many countries, including Australia and New Zealand, have enough budding scientists to fill research and industry positions in the coming years. In addition, there is concern…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Scientists, Teacher Supply and Demand
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Dawson, Vaille Maree; Venville, Grady – Research in Science Education, 2010
An outcome of science education is that young people have the understandings and skills to participate in public debate and make informed decisions about science issues that influence their lives. Toulmin's argumentation skills are emerging as an effective strategy to enhance the quality of evidence based decision making in science classrooms. In…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Teachers, Classroom Communication, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Venville, Grady; Rennie, Leonie; Wallace, John – Research in Science Education, 2004
This article reports on students' decision making processes and sources of knowledge in an integrated teaching and learning setting. The study was conducted in a Year 9 classroom as students undertook a 10-week solar-powered boat project and were exposed to related concepts from science, technology and mathematics. Data collection involved…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Integrated Curriculum, Grade 9, Student Projects
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Venville, Grady; Wallace, John; Louden, William – Research in Science Education, 1998
Suggests that the results of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) rank Western Australia as first in the world in science. Examines a statewide curriculum reform initiative that focuses on primary level science teacher leaders. Contains 27 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries