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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2018
If you think physics is only for older children, think again. Much of the playtime of young children is filled with exploring--and wondering about and informally investigating--the way objects, especially toys, move. How forces affect objects, including: change in position, motion, and shape are fundamental to the big ideas in physics. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Toys, Physics
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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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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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Monge, Louise – Teaching Science, 2016
In March 2016, representatives from Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) were invited to BHP Billiton's head office in Melbourne, Australia, to listen to astronautical engineer and NASA New Horizons Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman discuss her career trajectory and the role her choices in education played in her success. Alice…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Career Development, Career Choice
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Scherer, Nathaneal; Cousins, Aidan – Teaching Science, 2016
One of the important questions for any educator is, "How can I teach difficult and abstract concepts in a way that connects with students' real life?". This is especially true in the senior years, when students are often confronted with ideas that don't appear relevant to their lives, are primarily explainable using mathematics rather…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 12, Secondary School Science
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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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Hill, Matthew; Sharma, Manjula – Teaching Science, 2015
The ability to represent the world like a scientist is difficult to teach; it is more than simply knowing the representations (e.g., graphs, words, equations and diagrams). For meaningful science learning to take place, consideration needs to be given to explicitly integrating representations into instructional methods, linked to the content, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Worksheets, Teaching Methods, Educational Research
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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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George, Robert; Patterson, John – Teaching Science, 2014
Here is a brief history of the work of two of Australia's most famous scientists, Sir William Bragg and his son Sir Lawrence Bragg. Jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in 1915 for their groundbreaking research into the use of X-rays to study the chemical structure and function of molecules, they have contributed to our heritage and to science at an…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Radiology, Intellectual History, Science Education History
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Kennedy, John; Lyons, Terry; Quinn, Frances – Teaching Science, 2014
Is there a crisis in Australian science and mathematics education? Declining enrolments in upper secondary Science and Mathematics courses have gained much attention from the media, politicians and high-profile scientists over the last few years, yet there is no consensus amongst stakeholders about either the nature or the magnitude of the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Science, Declining Enrollment, Student Participation
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Geelan, David; Louden, William; Wildy, Helen – Teaching Science, 2013
A variety of factors are associated with students' achievement in secondary school physics, including cohort size--the total number of students studying Physics in the school--and socioeconomic status. Earlier studies also showed boys achieving better in Physics, while more recent research has shown better results for girls. Statistical analysis…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, 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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Venville, Grady; Blair, David; Coward, David; Deshon, Fred; Gargano, Mark; Gondwe, Mzamose; Heary, Auriol; Longnecker, Nancy; Pitts, Marina; Zadnik, Marjan – Teaching Science, 2012
Excursions to museums and science centres generally are great fun for students and teachers. The potential educational benefits beyond enjoyment, however, are rarely realised or analysed for their efficacy. The purpose of this paper is to describe four educational enrichment programs delivered at the Gravity Discovery Centre (GDC), near Gingin,…
Descriptors: Enrichment, Museums, Foreign Countries, Educational Objectives
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Geelan, David; Mukherjee, Michelle; Martin, Brian – Teaching Science, 2012
A quantitative, quasi-experimental study of the effectiveness of computer-based scientific visualizations for concept learning on the part of Year 11 physics students (n = 80) was conducted in six Queensland high school classrooms. Students' gender and academic ability were also considered as factors in relation to the effectiveness of teaching…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Physics, Foreign Countries
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