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Price, Colin – Teaching Science, 2019
This article proposes an evidence-based and engaging approach to teaching the mechanisms driving the movement of tectonic plates that should lead high school students towards the prevalent theories used in peer-reviewed science journals and taught in universities. The methods presented replace the inaccurate and outdated focus on mantle convection…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Plate Tectonics, Science Instruction, High School Students
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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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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2019
Through Preschool and Foundation Level, children are confident in their knowledge about rocks. Five- to six-year-olds have firm ideas on what they consider rocks are and where they might be found (Preston, 2018). With the exception of children who are avid rock collectors, such knowledge usually comprises general, inconsistent ideas formed from…
Descriptors: Geology, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Preston, Christine; Blowe, Jacqueline – Teaching Science, 2019
Foundation Year children are often excited about learning to read. Some 5- to 6-year-olds with well-developed literacy skills begin to read chapter books. Like older children and adults, they cannot read the whole book in one sitting. The learning experience described in the article provides an example of how the properties of materials…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction
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Whannell, Robert; Quinn, Fran; Taylor, Subhashni; Harris, Katherine; Cornish, Scott; Sharma, Manjula – Teaching Science, 2018
Australian science curricula have promoted the use of investigations that allow secondary students to engage deeply with the methods of scientific inquiry, through student-directed, open-ended investigations over an extended duration. This study presents the analysis of data relating to the frequency of completion and attitudes towards long…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science
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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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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2018
Magnifying objects can foster wonder in young children because they can make new observations of familiar things. This activity helps children explore common substances and familiar materials using a magnifying glass. Magnification can help people observe living things more closely providing a link to the work of scientists and the magnifying…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Laboratory Equipment, Young Children, Science Activities
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Dale, Keith; Dale, Stephen G. – Teaching Science, 2018
The Australian Curriculum (n.d.) describes chemistry as having three interrelated strands, Science Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Understanding. It also states "... the three strands of the Australian Curriculum: Science should be taught in an integrated way". This article will explore a model for integrating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Chemistry
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Teaching Science, 2017
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 describes a project designed to teach middle school students how to construct a water catchment system. Water…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, STEM Education, Water
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Sharp, Lara – Teaching Science, 2017
The computer game sensation "Minecraft" has become a mainstay amongst school students of all ages. Anecdotally, at Geoscience Australia, we have observed that "Minecrafters" often draw comparisons between their Minecraft experiences and the real world. For some students, the line between reality and fantasy is blurred. At the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Geology, Teaching Methods
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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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Taylor, Neil; Taylor, Subhashni; Littledyke, Michael – Teaching Science, 2017
Students often hold misconceptions about insulation, largely because they put on clothes to keep themselves warm--at least in winter in the cooler regions of Australia. The following activity is designed to identify students' misconceptions about insulation and provide an engaging, evidence-based activity to help address these misconceptions using…
Descriptors: Prediction, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Foreign Countries
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
Plants are often overlooked in favour of animals when teaching about living things. Focusing on familiar animals that share human characteristics helps young children learn about similar features. Examining plants for their differences, though, helps foster wonder. In the author's experience, children find it intriguing that plants need…
Descriptors: Botany, Elementary School Science, Young Children, Science Activities
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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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Hilton, Annette; Hilton, Geoff – Teaching Science, 2016
In many scientific contexts, students need to be able to use mathematical knowledge in order to engage in scientific reasoning and problem-solving, and their understanding of scientific concepts relies heavily on their ability to understand and use mathematics in often new or unfamiliar contexts. Not only do science students need high levels of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts, Problem Solving
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