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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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Wright, Suzie; Fitzallen, Noleine; Shelley, Becky; Lang, Megan – Teaching Science, 2019
Inspiring children to pursue a career in science is a worthy pursuit for many reasons. One way to achieve this is to actively engage children in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning from an early age. However, it is not always possible to integrate all the STEM fields in one activity. Rather, careful consideration of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Vocational Interests, Elementary School Students, Student Research
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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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Hicks, Sylvia; MacDonald, Shane; Martin, Ela – Teaching Science, 2017
The term scientific literacy is increasingly used by governments and teaching bodies, stemming from a growing international concern by scientists and government, who recognize the economic significance of developing scientific skills (McGregor & Kearton, 2010). However, in a society that requires students to be scientifically literate,…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Science Process Skills, Skill Development, STEM Education
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Moore, Simon; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2015
Science education involves students learning explanations of natural phenomena which are neither obvious nor intuitive. Generally, they have been arrived at and refined by years of dedicated inquiry on the part of large scientific communities. At the same time, these phenomena often concern the objects of everyday experience regarding which…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Gokalp, Muhammed Sait; Sharma, Manjula; Johnston, Ian; Sharma, Mia – Teaching Science, 2013
The purpose of this study was to investigate how WebQuests can be used in physics classes for teaching specific concepts. The study had three stages. The first stage was to develop a WebQuest on Newton's second law. The second stage involved developing a lesson plan to implement the WebQuest in class. In the final stage, the WebQuest was…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Curriculum Implementation, Investigations, Physics
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Hoh, Yin Kiong – Teaching Science, 2013
This article reports on the results of a paper-pen questionnaire study involving certain key aspects of the nature of science. The questionnaire covers, among other things, aspects such as uniqueness of the scientific method, objectivity of scientific data, and immutability of scientific laws. The survey was given out to eighty trainee teachers…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Preservice Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Semple, Anne – Teaching Science, 2011
In 2001, the Australian Science Teachers Association's (ASTA's) Golden Jubilee year, a special commemorative combined issue of the then "Australian Science Teachers' Journal" (ASTJ) and "Investigating" (Australian Primary and Junior Science Journal), charted ASTA's beginnings and growth, from a "loose affiliation of four…
Descriptors: Professional Associations, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Investigations