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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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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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Hackling, Mark; Byrne, Matt; Gower, Graeme; Anderson, Karen – Teaching Science, 2015
Aboriginal children experience social and educational disadvantage and many are not engaged with schooling or learning, which results in significantly lower levels of educational attainment. The Aboriginal Education Program delivered by Scitech to remote Western Australian schools has been shown to significantly increase student ratings of their…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Disadvantaged Youth, Foreign Countries, Minority Group Students
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King, Donna; Ginns, Ian – Teaching Science, 2015
Engaging middle school students in science continues to be a challenge in Australian schools. One initiative that has been tried in the senior years but is a more recent development in the middle years is the context-based approach. In this ethnographic study, we researched the teaching and learning transactions that occurred in one ninth grade…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Learner Engagement, Ethnography, Grade 9
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Hilton, Nicolette – Teaching Science, 2013
The Churchill Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill by awarding overseas research Fellowships known as "Churchill Fellowships". Since its inception, The Churchill Trust has awarded Churchill Fellowships to more than 3,700 Australians who, like Churchill, are innovative, filled with a spirit of…
Descriptors: Trusts (Financial), Fellowships, Research Projects, Learner Engagement
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Tomas, Louisa – Teaching Science, 2012
International assessments of student science achievement, and growing evidence of students' waning interest in school science, have ensured that the development of scientific literacy continues to remain an important educational priority (Tytler, 2007). Consequently, researchers and classroom teachers alike have called for innovative approaches to…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy
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Elliott, Katrina; Paige, Kathy – Teaching Science, 2010
Many students arrive at high school with enthusiasm for learning Science but by Year 9 some students have become disengaged with Science as a subject. In an attempt to find out the reasons for this, thirty-five Year 9 students from five South Australian secondary schools participated in focus group discussions. This research unearthed a number of…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Parent Participation, Science Instruction, Grade 9
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Hackling, Mark; Smith, Pru; Murcia, Karen – Teaching Science, 2010
A key principle of inquiry-based science education is that the process of inquiry must include opportunities for the exploration of questions and ideas, as well as reasoning with ideas and evidence. Teaching and learning Science therefore involves teachers managing a discourse that supports inquiry and students engaging in talk that facilitates…
Descriptors: Science Education, Inquiry, Science Instruction, Instruction
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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David; Kirkwood, Valda; Malcolm, Cliff – Teaching Science, 2008
There is an increase in school-community linked initiatives in school science. A substantial proportion of these involve rural schools. This article asks the question: In what ways do these initiatives offer possibilities for better engaging rural students with school science? The paper draws on information from a number of school-community linked…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Innovation, Rural Areas, Rural Education
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Aldous, Carol – Teaching Science, 2008
A recent national study into Science, ICT and Mathematics education in rural and regional Australia (SiMERR) highlighted the disadvantages faced by rural and remote communities in terms of science learning and teaching. Focus group interviews conducted in rural primary schools in South Australia identified a lack of resources and of access to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Focus Groups, Interviews, Rural Areas
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Aldous, Carol; Barnes, Alan; Clark, Julie – Teaching Science, 2008
A summer school in Science and Technology was held in January 2008 for nineteen Indigenous students commencing year 11 who were identified as having high academic potential in science and mathematics. Known as the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) the summer school was held at the Australian Science and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Indigenous Populations, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries
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Wilson, Kimberley; Stemp, Kellie – Teaching Science, 2008
Edmund Rice Education Australia Flexible Learning Centres (EREAFLCs) operate within a social inclusion framework to "walk with" young people who have disengaged from the traditional schooling system. Students attending the centres face multiple stressors in their everyday lives, as well as significant barriers to achieving success in the…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Classroom Environment, Science Education
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Eiser, Simone; Knight, Bruce Allen – Teaching Science, 2008
Increasingly, the general media cover new advancements and research in the field of biology. Stem cell research, emerging diseases and bioethics are some of the issues gaining public attention. The rate of increase of these new developments creates additional challenges to teachers of biology as they try to remain abreast of new information and…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries
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Ng, Wan – Teaching Science, 2008
With research consistently showing that students can be motivated to learn with ICT, this case study sought to investigate Year 7 students' learning about simple machines in an ICT-enhanced environment where they could self-direct their own learning with minimal intervention from the teacher. The study is focused on how well do students and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Learning Motivation, Science Curriculum, Web Sites