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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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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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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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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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Rennie, Leonie; Howitt, Christine; Evans, Rosemary; Mayne, Fiona – Teaching Science, 2010
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Science Kits provide sets of science equipment, including worksheets and/or teachers' guides, and are valuable science resources for poorly equipped schools, particularly those located in geographically isolated areas. This paper reports an investigation of how four teachers in four different schools used an Astronomy Science…
Descriptors: Science Equipment, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Burns, Terry – Teaching Science, 2010
Australia would have to be one of the best countries in the world in which to live. The problem is that Australia is a very big place and, as a result, some rural and remote students do not enjoy the same opportunities as their suburban counterparts. Over the last two years the University of Newcastle's SMART program has been working with local…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Science Instruction, Rural Schools
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Howitt, Christine; Rennie, Leonie; Heard, Marian; Yuncken, Liz – Teaching Science, 2009
Scientists in Schools is a project funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations and managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Education Section. This paper describes how the project is working to establish and maintain sustained and ongoing partnerships between…
Descriptors: Scientists, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, School Community Relationship
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Lyons, Terry – Teaching Science, 2008
Here's a challenge. Try searching "Google" for the phrase "rural science teachers" in Australian web content. Surprisingly, my attempts returned only two hits, neither of which actually referred to Australian teachers. Searches for "rural science education" fare little better. On this evidence one could be forgiven…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Rural Schools
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Keys, Philip M. – Teaching Science, 2008
This study reports on the strategies that regional science teachers found useful when early career scientists--tertiary science students were employed as peer mentors in their science classroom with indigenous and non-indigenous Year 7-10 students. Teachers engaged in a participatory action research to define the role of the early career…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Mentors, College Students, Scientists