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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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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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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2016
Young children love to draw, and should be encouraged to explore drawing as a communication tool. Drawing is a means by which children can express their thoughts, interests and feelings, long before they learn to write. We know that: "children's drawings are vehicles for expression and communication" (Chang, 2012, p. 187). This form of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David – Teaching Science, 2015
There is considerable evidence suggesting that students in rural schools lag behind their city counterparts in measures of science literacy and attitude to science learning. If we are to address this situation we need to build as full a picture as we can of the key features of what is a complex and varied rural schooling context. In this article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Rural Schools, Educational Innovation
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Moore, Simon; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2015
Science education involves students learning explanations of natural phenomena which are neither obvious nor intuitive. Generally, they have been arrived at and refined by years of dedicated inquiry on the part of large scientific communities. At the same time, these phenomena often concern the objects of everyday experience regarding which…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Van Rooy, Wilhelmina; Moore, Leah – Teaching Science, 2012
This article discusses using students' analysis of media coverage of the March 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear events to develop their knowledge and understanding of geological concepts and related socio-scientific issues. It draws on news reported at that time, identifies themes in those reports, and suggests how this event can be…
Descriptors: News Reporting, Foreign Countries, Criticism, Scientific Literacy
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Hudson, Peter – Teaching Science, 2012
As indicated in a previous Teaching Science article, effective planning for curricula integration requires using standards from two (or more) subject areas (e.g., Science and English, Science and Art or Science and Mathematics), which also becomes the assessment foci for teaching and learning. Curricula integration of standards into an activity…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Foreign Countries, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend – Teaching Science, 2011
Pseudoscience is a ubiquitous aspect of popular culture which constitutes a direct challenge to science, and by association, to science education. With the exception of politically influential pseudosciences trying to impose themselves on official curricula such as creationism, science education authorities and professional organisations seem…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Comparative Analysis, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Skamp, Keith – Teaching Science, 2011
The new Australian national science curriculum includes chemistry content at the primary level. Chemistry for young students is learning about changes in material stuff (matter) and, by implication, of what stuff is made. Pedagogy in this area needs to be guided by research if stepping stones to later learning of chemical ideas are to facilitate…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Chemistry, Science Curriculum, Elementary School Science
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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; 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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Murcia, Karen – Teaching Science, 2008
Developing scientific literacy drove the teaching and learning experiences provided to pre-service primary education teachers. Interactive whiteboard (IWB) pedagogy was used to engage and motivate these students' to explore science's role in making sense of our world and to understand key scientific concepts. Active science learning connected to…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Primary Education, Hands on Science, Scientific Concepts
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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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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
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Kidman, Gillian – Teaching Science, 2008
Of concern is an international trend of students' increasing reluctance to choose science courses in both their final years of secondary school and tertiary levels of education. Research into the phenomenon indicates an influencing factor to be the "uninteresting curriculum" (OECD, 2006) of school science. This article presents an…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Biotechnology, Biology, Foreign Countries