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Tytler, Russell; Clark, John Cripps; Darby, Linda – Teaching Science, 2009
This article describes the primary science practice of one teacher as a picture of exemplary professional practice. The teacher, Suzanne Peterson, was a colleague and friend. Her untimely death earlier this year was regarded by those who knew her as a tragic loss to education. As it happens, we have access to many sources of information about…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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Murcia, Karen – Teaching Science, 2009
Understanding and evaluating reports of science in the media is frequently stated as an attribute of a scientifically literate person, with some researchers suggesting it should be fundamental to any study of scientific literacy. Constructive engagement with science news briefs requires individuals to understand the terms used, take a critical…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Scientific Literacy, Social Environment, Evaluation
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Howitt, Christine; Lewis, Simon W.; Waugh, Sara – Teaching Science, 2009
Scientists in Schools (SiS) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations that aims to establish and maintain sustained and ongoing partnerships between scientists and school communities as a means of developing more scientifically literate citizens. This paper describes and analyses an…
Descriptors: Science Programs, Crime, Technology, Scientists
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Oliver, Mary; McConney, Andrew; Maor, Dorit – Teaching Science, 2009
Mentoring teachers during their early career induction has the potential to pay long-term benefits in respect of improved teacher effectiveness and retention. To add to our understanding of mentoring beginning teachers, this paper documents the experiences of thirty-eight teachers in their first year of teaching Science or Mathematics who…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Effectiveness, Focus Groups, Science Teachers
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King, Donna – Teaching Science, 2009
Nationally and internationally, context-based programs have been implemented in an attempt to engage students in chemistry through connecting the canonical science with the real world. In Queensland, a context-based approach to chemistry was trialled in selected schools from 2002 but there is little research that investigates how students learn in…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Chemistry, Grade 11, Scientific Concepts
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Tytler, Russell; Haslam, Filocha; Prain, Vaughan; Hubber, Peter – Teaching Science, 2009
There has been growing interest in linking the learning of Science with the literacies of Science and representations. Recent attention has been focused on learning theories that emphasise the socio-cultural and situated aspects of learning, and in particular the notion of learning as participation in a discourse community. This paper will…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Learning Theories, Discourse Communities, Class Activities
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Treschman, Keith – Teaching Science, 2009
At noon throughout the year the Sun has a north-south and east-west motion around the meridian. Earliest/latest sunrises and sunsets do not occur at the solstices and the effect is more pronounced with decreasing latitude. This phenomenon is calculated for 25 Australian cities and the following observations are recorded: (1) The latest sunrise…
Descriptors: Motion, Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Scientific Principles
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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David; Malcolm, Cliff; Kirkwood, Valda – Teaching Science, 2009
The paper reports on some of the findings of an extensive study undertaken in Victoria as part of a national Science, ICT and Mathematics Education in Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR) project. One of the significant findings of the study was the extent to which teachers in the schools where the study data were collected took responsibility…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Teacher Responsibility
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Chong, Cordelia – Teaching Science, 2009
When students make the transition from one curriculum to another, with significant overlap of content, the challenge is not so much to impart new information but rather to tap into students' existing knowledge base. The purpose of this study was to determine if achievement in an external examination that requires analysis could be enhanced by the…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Foreign Countries, Biology, Science Achievement
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Barlow, Tim – Teaching Science, 2008
This article is about my year-long journey implementing Web 2.0 tools into my teaching practice. The goal throughout my journey has always been to increase my students' intrinsic motivation to learn about science. The Web 2.0 tools I used along my journey were weblogs (blogs) and podcasts. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Self Motivation, Learning Motivation
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Othman, Jazilah Bte – Teaching Science, 2008
Very often science is taught in schools devoid of the people and events behind the research. Yet there is much that can be discovered about the nature of science when we examine the lives of scientists. Recently I read James Watson's "The Double Helix" and Brenda Maddox's biography of Rosalind Franklin, "Rosalind Franklin The Dark Lady of DNA." It…
Descriptors: Science History, Scientific Principles, Genetics, Science Education
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Turner, Joanna; Parisi, Alfio – Teaching Science, 2008
A take-home experiment kit has been developed to reinforce the concepts in a first year physics course that both on and off campus students from a variety of educational backgrounds can successfully use. The kit is inexpensive and is composed of easy to obtain items. The experiments conducted with the kit are directed experiments that require…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Science Experiments
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Burrows, Geoffrey – Teaching Science, 2008
A leaf is a fundamental unit in botany and understanding what constitutes a leaf is fundamental to many plant science activities. My observations and subsequent testing indicated that many students could not confidently and consistently recognise a leaf from a leaflet, or recognise basic leaf arrangements and the various types of compound or…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Distance Education, Botany, Tutorial Programs
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Sanderson, Aimee – Teaching Science, 2008
The technology surrounding stem cells generates great excitement amongst scientists, media and the community. For science teachers, this means not only embracing and keeping track of the rapid growth and ongoing development in this field but also tackling the ethical and legislative issues surrounding the topic. So what are stem cells, what is all…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Scientists, Ethics
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Klieger, Aviva; Bar-Noy, Tuvia – Teaching Science, 2008
The polygraph (lie detector) may be an ideal vehicle for converting aspects of a physiology course into an interdisciplinary course, enabling discussion of interrelationships between science, technology and society (STS) and social dilemmas arising from technological developments. The authors present a way of incorporating the polygraph into a…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Physiology, Laboratory Experiments, Interdisciplinary Approach
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