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Blom, Simone; Pentland, Peter; Woolcott, Geoff – Teaching Science, 2021
The implementation of student-centred learning programs can improve student outcomes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) domains. The required approaches to teaching and learning in such programs, however, are only slowly being adopted in the Asia-Pacific region. This article focuses on a STEM module, 'Water in the 21st…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Implementation, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students
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Michie, Michael; Rioux, Joël; Hogue, Michelle – Teaching Science, 2021
We suggest that two interpretations of time -- linear time and cyclical time -- that complement each other when planning lessons, can be used in both Western and Indigenous science. The idea of time in the Australian Curriculum: Science is examined and seen to be primarily associated with the Western science tradition, so it is suggested that the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, National Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Hatisaru, Vesife; Fraser, Sharon – Teaching Science, 2021
In this paper, the authors introduce a research instrument (Draw a STEM Learning Environment: D-STEM) and its accompanying rubric (the D-STEM Rubric), both of which were developed based upon relevant research studies. The authors describe their usefulness to school principals in commencing conversations with their school's STEM [Science,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Freehand Drawing, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Environment
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Ruddell, Nicholas – Teaching Science, 2021
The purpose of this open letter is to report on an innovative cross-cultural science education program that was introduced to upper primary and lower high schools across New South Wales over a four-year period. Titled 'Sky Stories', the program blends current Western science understandings with Indigenous Australian knowledge of astronomy in order…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Culturally Relevant Education
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Tytler, Russell; van Driel, Jan – Teaching Science, 2021
Contemporary curricula are increasingly focused on broader framings of student outcomes such as 'competencies', 'capabilities' and '21st century skills', as we realise that declarative disciplinary knowledge no longer, on its own, confers the capacity to deal with the complex and fast-changing world that students are now entering. In mathematics,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Curriculum Development
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Preston, Christine; Love, Amelia – Teaching Science, 2021
Common objects are made of materials that have obvious physical features which, although readily observable, may be overlooked by children. Helping young children to notice characteristic features -- scientifically referred to as properties -- equips them to discern common and distinct (diagnostic) features. Once children begin to recognise…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Science Instruction, Observation, Inquiry
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Wright, Suzie; Watson, Jane; Smith, Caroline; Fitzallen, Noleine – Teaching Science, 2021
Life would not be possible without plants. Plants supply food to many organisms (including people), produce oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide from the air, provide products for human use, and homes for many other living things. It is not surprising, therefore, that plant growth is a familiar topic in the primary school science curriculum. This paper…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Grade 6, STEM Education
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de Ridder, Deborah – Teaching Science, 2021
The recent inclusion of the "Depth Study" in the New South Wales (NSW) Years 11 and 12 science curriculum has generally been well received by secondary science education leaders. The Depth Study is designed to present an opportunity for students to engage in inquiry-based learning (IBL). However, the integration of this new curriculum…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Grade 11
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Leonard, Simon – Teaching Science, 2021
The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize is organised by the Museum of South Australia each year, with the winning works typically touring to other states. Named after the founder of the museum, it features art inspired by science. A recent visit to the finalist's exhibition of the Waterhouse prize had the author thinking about the narrowing of…
Descriptors: Exhibits, Natural Sciences, Art, Foreign Countries
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Hooper, Clea – Teaching Science, 2021
Classroom teaching can be a "wild" experience, but in March three teachers stepped out of the classroom to take on the Tassie wilderness and deliver their students a different kind of lesson. Joining forces with a team of scientists, the teachers delved into the important task of surveying Australia's biodiversity at the Stony Head…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Biodiversity, Science Activities
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Liacos, Spiro – Teaching Science, 2021
At the end of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign during World War 1, Lance Corporal William Scurry saved thousands of lives with his one simple invention. As the ANZAC soldiers prepared to withdraw from the disastrous 9-monthlong Gallipoli campaign, Scurry came up with the idea of setting up a large battery of rifles that would discharge automatically…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Weapons
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White, Peta; Nielsen, Wendy; Taylor, Russell – Teaching Science, 2020
Senior secondary students were tasked with generating slowmation representations of biological processes they had already learned about during Year 11 VCE biology. The slowmation task therefore connects work with representations to review of course material. Results indicate that students negotiated between the textbook (and some teacher-specific…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Grade 11, Secondary School Students, Scientific Concepts
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Maher, Damian; Ng, Wan – Teaching Science, 2020
University-led science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach plays an important role in addressing declining rates of student participation in tertiary STEM programs and declining interest in pursuing careers in STEM fields (Sadler, Eilam, Bigger & Barry, 2018). One type of outreach program that is becoming more popular is…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, STEM Education, College School Cooperation, Outreach Programs
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Connor, Celia R.; Watkins, Matthew; Walter, Ben; Harper, John D. I. – Teaching Science, 2020
Microorganisms (microbes) play essential roles in our lives, although the general media usually focuses on their negative or pathological aspects. Here we describe a collaborative approach between teachers and academics to teach primary school students about microbes in an engaging and diverse way. We introduced microbes, such as bacteria and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Microbiology, Science Activities
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2020
This article focuses on a sequence of learning experiences designed to raise children's awareness about weaving using yarn, which is one aspect of fibre and production technologies. The technologies context of the fibre production allows children to learn about the chemistry concepts related to the materials. An explicit focus on the properties…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Hands on Science, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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