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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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Price, Colin – Teaching Science, 2019
This article proposes an evidence-based and engaging approach to teaching the mechanisms driving the movement of tectonic plates that should lead high school students towards the prevalent theories used in peer-reviewed science journals and taught in universities. The methods presented replace the inaccurate and outdated focus on mantle convection…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Plate Tectonics, Science Instruction, High School Students
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Ruddell, Nicholas – Teaching Science, 2019
This paper examines the use of social media as a collaborative and engagement tool for participants in a middle school science research project conducted over a three-year period. Sky Stories is a learning initiative that employs a blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge of astronomy to engage Year 5-8 middle school students in investigative…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Instruction, Social Media, Teaching Methods
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Lonergan, Robyn; Cumming, Therese M.; O'Neill, Susan C. – Teaching Science, 2019
Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a requirement of school science education in Australia. Numerous student-centred strategies have been referred to as inquiry-based teaching (IBT), resulting in a lack of understanding of the exact nature of inquiry-based science learning within the science teaching profession. This article describes three essential…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Lim, Kieran F.; Long, John M.; White, Peta J.; Bentley, Ian D. – Teaching Science, 2019
The Advancing Science and Engineering through Laboratory Learning (ASELL) for Schools program has been instrumental in getting schools across Australia to reconsider the effectiveness of the laboratory learning activity (LLA) in science education. In Victoria, the ASELL for Schools project has collaborated with another nationally funded program,…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2019
Through Preschool and Foundation Level, children are confident in their knowledge about rocks. Five- to six-year-olds have firm ideas on what they consider rocks are and where they might be found (Preston, 2018). With the exception of children who are avid rock collectors, such knowledge usually comprises general, inconsistent ideas formed from…
Descriptors: Geology, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Qun, Dominic Koh Jing; Ling, Tan Aik – Teaching Science, 2019
According to the World Economic Forum (2016), "more than one third (36%) of all jobs across all industries" (p.21) need problem-solving as a key skill. Trilling and Fadel (2009) noted the shift from industrial to knowledge-based economies, requiring students not only to possess content knowledge but also have skills that enable them to…
Descriptors: Biology, STEM Education, Science Instruction, Problem Solving
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Dennis, Zara R.; Wilson, Kate; Boyson, Toby; Kasmarik, Kathryn – Teaching Science, 2019
This paper presents a multi-year study on the impact of attending an engineering summer school on girls' confidence that they could become an engineer. While it is relatively easy to recognise and address tangible barriers to entering an engineering profession -- such as a lack of preparedness in terms of a mathematics or physics background --…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering Education, Engineering, Career Choice
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Couper, Patrick; Go, Maho; Amey, Andrew; Limpus, Colin – Teaching Science, 2019
The Hatchery is a unique wildlife experience hosted by the Queensland Museum for the World Science Festival Brisbane (WSFB). It is a collaborative venture between the Queensland Museum and the Department of Environment and Science, with support from SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast. The event, which runs for four to five days, was initially conceived as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Wildlife, Museums, Science Education
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Tsuji, Takeshi – Teaching Science, 2019
The Australian Science Teachers Association offers an innovative international professional development program for science teachers called the Science Teachers Exchange -- Japan. The program offers Australian and Japanese teachers an opportunity to travel to the corresponding country, allowing the teachers to grow in their knowledge of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Science Teachers, International Programs
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Preston, Christine; Blowe, Jacqueline – Teaching Science, 2019
Foundation Year children are often excited about learning to read. Some 5- to 6-year-olds with well-developed literacy skills begin to read chapter books. Like older children and adults, they cannot read the whole book in one sitting. The learning experience described in the article provides an example of how the properties of materials…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction
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Price, Jamie; Govett, Aimee; Davis, Misty; Ivester, Robyn; Howard, Teresa; Messimer, Lisa – Teaching Science, 2019
Project-based learning (PBL) is centred on a challenging, yet meaningful, driving question and culminates in a product that students create or do to showcase their learning to a public audience. Other essential elements of a true PBL experience include: sustained inquiry, authentic tasks, opportunities for students to make decisions about their…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Integrated Activities, Units of Study
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