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Ross, Keith – School Science Review, 2019
This brief article shows how the simple events of our everyday lives can lead to a deep understanding of the world around us. These everyday events help students make sense of the scientific ideas we present to them.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Natural Resources
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McCullagh, John F. – School Science Review, 2019
The physical and chemical properties of Milk of Magnesia provide examples of chemical concepts and opportunities for investigative practical work for secondary chemistry students of all ages. Basing the lesson on the contents of that familiar blue bottle, which is probably lurking somewhere in a cupboard in most households, also showcases the role…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Students, Pharmacy
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McCullagh, John F.; Doherty, Andrea – School Science Review, 2019
Setting primary science in an everyday context supports learning in a number of ways. Exploring the science associated with everyday people, places and materials helps to access pupils' prior knowledge and experience and thus facilitates a more constructivist and pupil-centred form of pedagogy. This account looks at various examples from the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Authentic Learning
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Auty, Geoff – School Science Review, 2019
Scientific thinking can be applied to things we do at home. Effective results can be achieved in cooking or cleaning while also focusing on doing so with minimal waste of resources. This can also mean better economy. Choosing appropriate designs of equipment can make certain jobs easier. Three different topics are described to demonstrate these…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Science Activities, Food
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Bouchelkia, Sandrine – School Science Review, 2019
This article is a reflection on how we can show students that the science we learn at school is present in our everyday lives and that we shouldn't separate them. It is essential that we revise the way we plan lessons and include links that are not obvious to young people in order to develop their ability to research, understand and enjoy science.…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Relevance (Education), Science Education, Science Instruction
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Hennah, Naomi – School Science Review, 2019
Open badges are portable, digital credentials that offer the opportunity to reward learning in both formal and informal settings, providing an inventory of competencies and interests. Previously, a comprehensive framework of open badges in the 'Working Scientifically' strand of the National Curriculum in England (ages 5-16), extending into post-16…
Descriptors: Recognition (Achievement), Computer Uses in Education, Informal Education, Science Education
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Borrows, Peter – School Science Review, 2019
Many teachers do not notice, or do not understand, the chemistry going on in and around their homes and hence do not point it out to their students. Thus they miss out on an important motivating experience. This article gives a few random examples, most of them well within the understanding of students at key stages 3 and 4 (age 11-16). From…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Education, Science Instruction, Experiential Learning
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Brown, Julie – School Science Review, 2019
If you have not yet come across Practical Action's teaching resources, this article will open your eyes to a wealth of free high-quality materials that will support your teaching of science within a real-life global context. The potential benefits and importance of this approach, both for increasing student engagement in science and for the future…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Science Instruction, Global Approach, Problem Based Learning
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Mytum-Smithson, Jessie; Howell, Mary – School Science Review, 2019
This article discusses teachers' experiences of making simple changes to lessons with the aim of enhancing students' ability to make connections between their everyday knowledge and science and enrich their perception of what counts as science, increasing their science capital. The classroom work followed findings by the ASPIRES team at King's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Relevance (Education)
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Dunlop, Lynda; Knox, Kerry J.; Bennett, Judith; Reiss, Michael J.; Torrance-Jenkins, Rebecca – School Science Review, 2019
This article describes the results of a study into students' experiences of independent research project work in science. Independent research projects are projects in which students are supervised (usually by a teacher, scientist or both) to work independently on a scientific problem or question over an extended period. We collected data from 39…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Grade 11, Grade 12, Student Research
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Ross, Keith – School Science Review, 2019
This article argues that we need to make use of our everyday experiences when introducing concepts in chemistry that are often obscure. It uses reaction rates as an example and explores a common misconception related to the explanation of the effect of rising temperature on the rate of slow reactions.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Heat
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Livesey, Matthew; Hoath, Leigh – School Science Review, 2019
This article picks up on the notion of science capital (see Mytum-Smithson and Howell (2019) on p.55 in this issue) and demonstrates how homework can be used to support its development. Science capital is an increasingly discussed term within some education camps and one that fashionably describes the 'science baggage' that children carry with…
Descriptors: Homework, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement
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Tas, Maarten; Fleming, Margaret; Dawson, Richard – School Science Review, 2019
This article describes how a homework task on climate change is being developed as part of a larger project on sustainability issues -- Urban Science. The ultimate aim of this European project is to improve the teaching of scientific enquiry so that students develop the competences to actively contribute to creating sustainable cities, to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Climate, Change
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Clowser, Anthony; Jones, Susan Wyn; Lewis, John – School Science Review, 2018
This study investigates whether the Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE) scheme could be used to meet the demands of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF). The LNF is part of the Welsh Government's improvement strategy in response to perceived poor performance in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Scientific Literacy, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
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Chu, Hye-Eun; Chandrasegaran, A. L.; Treagust, David F. – School Science Review, 2018
The purpose of this research was to investigate an efficient method to assess year 8 (age 13-14) students' conceptual understanding of heat and temperature concepts. Two different types of instruments were used in this study: Type 1, consisting of multiple-choice items with open-ended justifications; and Type 2, consisting of two-tier…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Item Analysis, Test Items, Science Tests
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