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Cross, Joseph; Garard, Helen; Currie, Tina – Teaching Science, 2018
DNA barcoding is increasingly being introduced into biological science educational curricula worldwide. The technique has a number of features that make it ideal for science curricula and particularly for Project-Based Learning (PBL). This report outlines the development of a DNA barcoding project in an Australian TAFE college, which also combined…
Descriptors: Genetics, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Pressick-Kilborn, Kimberley; Prescott, Anne – Teaching Science, 2017
A pedagogical innovation was collaboratively designed, implemented and evaluated in the context of a school-university partnership. The innovation had a dual purpose: 1) to provide an opportunity for primary pre-service teachers to develop their understanding and experience of teaching "design and produce" processes (working…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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LeBard, Rebecca J.; Hibbert, D. Brynn; Quinnell, Rosanne – Teaching Science, 2017
New and emerging digital technologies are making an impact on how we practice science, and this has implications on how we teach science. We introduce the concept of the Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) as used in the research environment and describe how we have implemented this as a tool for providing undergraduate science students with an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Undergraduate Students
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Low, David; Wilson, Kate – Teaching Science, 2017
On entry to university, high-achieving physics students from all across Australia struggle to identify Newton's third law force pairs. In particular, less than one in ten can correctly identify the Newton's third law reaction pair to the weight of (gravitational force acting on) an object. Most students incorrectly identify the normal force on the…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Physics
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Rowen, Catherine; Woods-McConney, Amanda; Hughes, Leonie; Laird, Damian – Teaching Science, 2017
The national curriculum for chemistry includes topics that have not previously been taught at secondary level. In response to requests for teacher professional learning (PL) covering these topics, a course called "Divide and Analyse" was developed. Investigations into the PL needs of chemistry teachers were carried out in conjunction…
Descriptors: Professional Education, Teacher Attitudes, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Lewis, Jessica; Oliver, Richard; Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2017
A "citizen science" outreach program was aimed at high school students in Western Australia with a focus on agricultural sciences. The program had two main objectives: the collection of samples and the mapping of the distribution of the leaf disease powdery mildew of barley across the state; and support for the teaching and learning of…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Agricultural Education, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
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McDonald, Christine V. – Teaching Science, 2017
A central objective of recent government reports focused on the important role of education in preparing a skilled and dynamic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce, with effective teaching in secondary STEM classrooms reliant on the engagement and retention of high-quality STEM teachers (Office of the Chief Scientist,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Secondary School Science, Career Choice
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Gozzard, David – Teaching Science, 2017
Australian company Antarctica Flights runs summer sightseeing trips out of Australian capital cities to tour the Antarctic coast. The Laby Foundation of the University of Melbourne, through its "Classroom Antarctica" program, sponsored Kent Street High School science teacher, Ms Suzy Urbaniak and 18 of her students to take the trip, to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Tourism, Higher Education, Secondary School Teachers
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Crowley, Julianne; Titmus, Morgan – Teaching Science, 2016
This article explores an alternative conception held by high school and first-year university biology students regarding the structure of the left and right ventricles of the heart and the significance of the left ventricular wall being thicker than the right. The left ventricular wall of the heart is thicker than the right ventricular wall due to…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Human Body, Scientific Concepts
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Fletcher, Sarah – Teaching Science, 2016
The first Australian National University (ANU) Science Extension Day was held on September 8, 2015. The ANU Science Extension Day is a project that was initiated by Theodore Primary School (ACT) and developed by Theodore Primary, Calwell High School, Science Educators Association of the ACT (SEA*ACT), and the ANU. The project was developed with a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Career Development, Elementary School Students
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Windsor, Sarah; Bailey, Jack – Teaching Science, 2016
Year 11 chemistry students from three schools in the Sunshine Coast Region of Education Queensland carried out a choice of five experiments aligned with their school curriculum on campus at the University of the Sunshine Coast and in their own school classrooms. Significant improvements in science learning were observed in student post-test quiz…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Science Experiments, Chemistry, Student Projects
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Bale, Colin; Taylor, Neil; Vlaardingerbroek, Barend – Teaching Science, 2015
Diagrammatic representations are ubiquitous in science education, with students and teachers alike being firmly committed to their use. However, students interpret the visual data imparted by diagrams in different ways. In this study involving diagrams of cells, it was found that first-year university students apply various criteria to evaluate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cytology, Visual Aids, Measures (Individuals)
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McKinnon, Merryn; Perara, Sean – Teaching Science, 2015
This study adapted the Draw-A-Science-Teacher Test to compare 22 pre-service teachers' perceptions of their own strengths as science teachers against their perceived strengths of expert science teachers. The drawings identified a disconnection between theory and practice that we revisit in the literature. Our findings from this pilot study are…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Bramsen, Neil – Teaching Science, 2014
In March and April 2014, the author travelled overseas on a 2013 Churchill Fellowship to study education programs that successfully engage and enthuse primary and middle school students in maths, engineering and science (MES) or science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning in schools, universities and institutions in the United…
Descriptors: STEM Education, School Visitation, Science Interests, Observation
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King, Donna – Teaching Science, 2014
An integrated approach to assessment afforded pre-service teachers the opportunity to learn about a local sustainability issue through three learning areas: science and technology, the arts and studies of society and environment (SOSE). Three sustainability issues chosen by the pre-service teachers are presented in this paper highlighting the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Science, Sustainability
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