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van Rooy, Wilhelmina – Teaching Science, 2013
The fatal effect of the Hendra virus was noticed first in Queensland, Australia in 1994 when several horses died from an "unidentified cause". This was followed by the death of trainers and veterinarians called to assist affected horses. It is now known that the "unidentified cause", is a virus harboured in native Australian…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Animals, Diseases, Scientific Literacy
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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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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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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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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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Lloyd, David; Vanderhout, Annastasia; Lloyd, Lisa; Atkins, David – Teaching Science, 2010
In this article we describe our experiences in developing futures scenarios in two science contexts, space science and atmospheric science/climate change. Futures scenario writing can develop scientific literacy by connecting science learning to students' lifeworlds--past, present and future. They also provide a synthesising mechanism for…
Descriptors: Space Sciences, Scientific Literacy, Climate, Vignettes
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Murcia, Karen – Teaching Science, 2010
This paper reports on exploratory research that examined how students learn Science with an interactive whiteboard. In this study, the IWB was found to support a range of multimodal representation types including verbal, graphic, tabular, mathematical, pictorial and kinaesthetic. The affordances offered by the technology are discussed in this…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Classrooms, Technology Uses in Education, Primary Education
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Ng, Wan – Teaching Science, 2009
Capturing students' interest in science at the junior levels is crucial to not only improving the uptake of science at senior levels but to promoting science literacy in all students in order to prepare them for a society that is very science and technologically driven. This paper presents nanotechnology as an emerging science that is both factual…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Scientific Literacy, Middle School Students, Student Motivation
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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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Reade, Jill; Ferguson, Peter; Colvill, Marj – Teaching Science, 2009
Switching rural primary students on to local science was a project centred on a cluster of seven Tasmanian primary schools over a full school year. The project had as its aims a mix of professional development outcomes for participant teachers and an enhancement of science experiences for their students. In order to achieve these aims programs…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries
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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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Kenny, John; Colvill, Marj – Teaching Science, 2008
This paper reports on the results of a survey of primary teachers who attended a series of three 1/2 day workshops that focused on primary science activities concerned with two key outcome areas from the Tasmanian Essential Learnings curriculum: "Investigating the Natural and Constructed World" and "Inquiry." The workshops…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Creativity, Science Activities, Workshops