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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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Crowley, Julianne; Titmus, Morgan – Teaching Science, 2016
This article explores an alternative conception held by high school and first-year university biology students regarding the structure of the left and right ventricles of the heart and the significance of the left ventricular wall being thicker than the right. The left ventricular wall of the heart is thicker than the right ventricular wall due to…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Human Body, Scientific Concepts
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Geelan, David; Mahaffy, Peter; Mukherjee, Michelle – Teaching Science, 2014
Scientific visualisations such as computer-based animations and simulations are increasingly a feature of high school Science instruction. Visualisations are adopted enthusiastically by teachers and embraced by students, and there is good evidence that they are popular and well received. There is limited evidence, however, of how effective they…
Descriptors: Visualization, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, High Schools
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Davis, James – Teaching Science, 2013
This paper is a qualitative, practice based study describing the use of the Focus-Action-Reflection (FAR) Guide (Harrison & Treagust, 2000) to address the shortcomings of a pedagogical analogical model in Year 10 Science. The aim of this paper is to present my experience of the FAR Guide in relation to an analogical model that gave rise to…
Descriptors: Grade 10, Qualitative Research, Science Instruction, Teaching Experience
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Oliver, Richard; Rybak, Kasia; Gruber, Cornelia; Nicholls, Graeme; Roberts, Graeme; Mengler, Janet; Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2011
Practical work is often considered to be a highlight of science classes for students. However, there are few opportunities for students to engage in an investigation which is situated in a real world problem and students are required to contribute their own ideas to the design and conduct of an experiment. This paper reports on a Scientists in…
Descriptors: World Problems, Educational Opportunities, Scientists, Grade 9
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Stanger, Jeffrey J. – Teaching Science, 2010
The International Year of Astronomy in 2009 focused considerable public attention on Astronomy and generated valuable resources for educators. These activities are an effective vehicle for promoting Science to students and to the wider school community. The most engaging practical astronomy activities are best delivered with sustained support from…
Descriptors: Community Needs, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Downs, Nathan; Parisi, Alfio – Teaching Science, 2010
A method is described for building a cost effective digital circuit capable of monitoring the solar radiation incident upon a remote solar cell. The circuit is built in two sections, the first, digitises the analogue voltage produced by the solar cell at a remote location and transmits the received signal to the second receiver circuit which…
Descriptors: Radiation, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Computer Uses in Education
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Hubber, Peter; Darby, Linda; Tytler, Russell – Teaching Science, 2010
This is the first of two papers that draw on a study of the national BHP Billiton Science Awards, a peak competition funded by BHP Billiton and administered by CSIRO. BHP Billiton, CSIRO and ASTA together oversee the strategic direction of the Awards. This paper reports an analysis focussed on the outcomes for students of participation in open…
Descriptors: Investigations, Awards, Partnerships in Education, Science Instruction
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Sanderson, Aimee – Teaching Science, 2010
With new technologies developing so fast, it is difficult for students and teachers alike to keep up to date. Add into the mix skewed media reporting, some creative science fiction films and the unregulated world of the internet, and it becomes increasingly hard to separate fact from fiction. As Australia's largest funding body for stem cell…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethics, Science Instruction, Genetics