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Connor, Celia R.; Watkins, Matthew; Walter, Ben; Harper, John D. I. – Teaching Science, 2020
Microorganisms (microbes) play essential roles in our lives, although the general media usually focuses on their negative or pathological aspects. Here we describe a collaborative approach between teachers and academics to teach primary school students about microbes in an engaging and diverse way. We introduced microbes, such as bacteria and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Microbiology, Science Activities
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Lisec, Jacinta; Dezuanni, Michael – Teaching Science, 2018
Through the science curriculum, teachers can use students' passion for screen content to motivate them to explore innovative new ways to bring their science learning to life through video making. Communicating science concepts using multimodal literacies can be a particularly powerful way for students to learn about science, especially when they…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Brown, Leni; O'Keefe, Lise; Paige, Kathryn – Teaching Science, 2017
What pedagogical strategies support students from a refugee background connecting to the natural world? What would these strategies look like for fifteen students participating in a language intensive New Arrivals Program (NAP)? These questions were the focus of a small collaborative project set up to investigate the impact of pedagogical…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Refugees, Case Studies, Foreign Countries
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Spencer, Danielle – Teaching Science, 2016
In summarizing this report Danielle Spencer states: "Japan truly was transformational for me. At that time I saw myself as a nurse just pretending to be a teacher. The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF), Japan exchange enabled me to be a teacher who used to be a nurse." How did this transformation come about? Each year, a national…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness, Teaching Methods, Cultural Differences
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Fitzgerald, Ange; Cooper, Rebecca; Sarkar, Mahbub – Teaching Science, 2016
Teachers are key to the delivery of quality science education experiences in Australian classrooms. In achieving this, there is a need for teachers to be better supported in thinking reflexively and critically about their practice. The Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (CSMTE) at Monash University took action to address this…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Teacher Collaboration, Science Teachers
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Hackling, Mark; Sherriff, Barbara – Teaching Science, 2015
Language is critical in the mediation of scientific reasoning, higher-order thinking and the development of scientific literacy. This study investigated how an exemplary primary science teacher scaffolds and supports students' reasoning during a Year 4 materials unit. Lessons captured on video, teacher and student interviews and micro-ethnographic…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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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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Greene, Chris – Teaching Science, 2015
In July 2015, the Bush Blitz TeachLive expedition took place on the Olkola people's traditional lands on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Five teachers joined more than a dozen scientists and the Olkola Indigenous rangers to act as research assistants, as part of the eight-day Bush Blitz TeachLive experience. As a team, they discovered new…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Science Programs, Elementary School Teachers
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Tomas, Louisa; Jackson, Cliff; Carlisle, Karen – Teaching Science, 2014
In 2012, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) piloted the "Wonder of Science Challenge" with a view to enhance school students' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students in 15 schools across northern Queensland were provided with an inquiry-based research problem and…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction, Science Interests
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Campbell, Coral; Chittleborough, Gail – Teaching Science, 2014
A Victorian government initiative called "The Primary Science Specialists Professional Learning Program" is designed to tackle students' falling interest in science by investing in the building of teacher capacity. The aims of the initiative are: to improve the science knowledge base of all teachers and therefore increase teachers'…
Descriptors: Specialists, Instructional Improvement, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Instruction
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2013
This activity is an example of a hands-on task designed to help children develop a scientific understanding of the concept of wind, use science inquiry skills and explain an everyday phenomenon.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Fitzgerald, Angela; Schneider, Katrin – Teaching Science, 2013
Impending change can provide us with the opportunity to rethink and renew the things that we do. The first phase of the Australian Curriculum implementation offers primary school teachers the chance to examine their approaches to science learning and teaching. This paper focuses on the perceptions of three primary school teachers regarding what…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Curriculum Implementation
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2010
The Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA) Inc. is a national organisation of marine educators that aims to bring together people interested in the study and enjoyment of coastal and marine environments. MESA representatives and members organise education and interpretation activities in support of schools and communities during a number…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Marine Education, Biodiversity, Marine Biology
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Evans, Rosemary S.; Rennie, Leonie J. – Teaching Science, 2009
This research described in this paper firstly explored teachers' ideas about scientific literacy using an interview technique. Secondly, using a longitudinal case study approach, it examined how, following their participation in a professional development program, primary teachers presented opportunities during their science lessons for their…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Case Studies, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Tytler, Russell; Clark, John Cripps; Darby, Linda – Teaching Science, 2009
This article describes the primary science practice of one teacher as a picture of exemplary professional practice. The teacher, Suzanne Peterson, was a colleague and friend. Her untimely death earlier this year was regarded by those who knew her as a tragic loss to education. As it happens, we have access to many sources of information about…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers