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Rizik, Nadya; Taylor, Subhashni; Taylor, Neil; Sharma, Manjula – Teaching Science, 2018
Energy is one of the most complex yet central concepts taught in schools and is featured in the Australian Science Curriculum, as one of the six key organising ideas (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), 2015). The literature portrays a multitude of complications associated with teaching energy (see Millar, 2005 for a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Energy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Low, David; Malik, Umairia; Wilson, Kate – Teaching Science, 2018
Large gender gaps in performance on questions involving projectile motion have been observed at high school and university level, even amongst high-achieving students. This gap is particularly problematic because projectile motion is typically one of the first topics formally taught in physics, and this may give girls an inappropriately negative…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Science Instruction, Motion, Scientific Concepts
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
If you think of play as "the work of children" (Whitebread, Basilio, Kuvalja & Verma, 2012) then toys are surely the "tools of their trade". The involvement of scientific principles in how they work makes certain toys ideal stimuli for science investigations. This article describes a practical investigation suitable for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Toys, Young Children
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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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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
Familiar toys can be used to scaffold young children's learning about basic physics as well as guide scientific inquiry. Teachers looking for resources to engage young children and develop science inquiry skills need look no further than the toy box. In this two-part activity, children first construct a Lego┬« car and use it to explore the effects…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Young Children, Toys, Physics
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2016
This article is the first in a new series of hands-on activities designed especially for early childhood students to encourage their natural curiosity and promote development of scientific thinking. The activity presented was created to help children learn how to make scientific observations using their senses. Children develop science inquiry…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Early Childhood Education, Thinking Skills
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2016
Young children love to draw, and should be encouraged to explore drawing as a communication tool. Drawing is a means by which children can express their thoughts, interests and feelings, long before they learn to write. We know that: "children's drawings are vehicles for expression and communication" (Chang, 2012, p. 187). This form of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Hackling, Mark; Byrne, Matt; Gower, Graeme; Anderson, Karen – Teaching Science, 2015
Aboriginal children experience social and educational disadvantage and many are not engaged with schooling or learning, which results in significantly lower levels of educational attainment. The Aboriginal Education Program delivered by Scitech to remote Western Australian schools has been shown to significantly increase student ratings of their…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Disadvantaged Youth, Foreign Countries, Minority Group Students
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Teaching Science, 2015
EngQuest, an initiative of Engineers Australia, provides an exciting, non-competitive way for students to participate in free, fun and educational engineering activities involving mathematics, science and technology. This article provides a sample of one of the middle school activities in the program. The history of water wheels, and their use…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Science Activities, STEM Education
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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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De Nobile, John – Teaching Science, 2013
The purpose of this article is to promote the study of budgerigars in aviary settings in order to engage primary students in working scientifically. Studying budgerigars provides an opportunity for students to learn inquiry skills and develop deeper understandings of living things.
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
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Hackling, Mark; Barratt-Pugh, Caroline – Teaching Science, 2012
Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and leading international researchers argue for more intentional and purposeful teaching of science in the early years. This case study of exemplary practice illustrates intentional teaching of science materials which opened-up learning opportunities in literacy and number. Student-led hands-on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Science Instruction, Peer Teaching
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Zeegers, Yvonne; McKinnon, Heather – Teaching Science, 2012
This paper describes one aspect of an ESL teacher's journey, in which her voluntary involvement in a series of science-based professional learning events inspired her to use language-based objectives to develop and teach an integrated unit of work with ESL students. Her willingness to modify her usual pedagogical practice and the inspiration she…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Second Language Learning
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Larkin, Damian; King, Donna; Kidman, Gillian – Teaching Science, 2012
One way to integrate indigenous perspectives in junior science is through links between indigenous stories of the local area and science concepts. Using local indigenous stories about landforms, a teacher of Year 8 students designed a unit on geology that catered for the diverse student population in his class. This paper reports on the…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Foreign Countries, Geology, Culturally Relevant Education
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Hoban, Garry; Nielsen, Wendy – Teaching Science, 2010
"Slowmation" (abbreviated from "Slow Animation") is a simplified way of making an animation that enables students to create their own as a new way of learning about a science concept. When students make a slowmation, they create a sequence of five multimodal representations (the 5 Rs) with each one contributing to the learning…
Descriptors: Animation, Hands on Science, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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