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Gordon, Tom; Georgiou, Helen; Cornish, Scott; Sharma, Majula – Teaching Science, 2019
Smartphones are increasingly used in schools to achieve a number of educational outcomes; from developing measurement skills to enabling collaborative learning. When used as a measurement device in science classrooms, a few questions emerge. How good are the measurement capabilities of smartphones? Can smartphones lead to a more positive learning…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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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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Cross, Joseph; Garard, Helen; Currie, Tina – Teaching Science, 2018
DNA barcoding is increasingly being introduced into biological science educational curricula worldwide. The technique has a number of features that make it ideal for science curricula and particularly for Project-Based Learning (PBL). This report outlines the development of a DNA barcoding project in an Australian TAFE college, which also combined…
Descriptors: Genetics, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Prain, Vaughan; Waldrip, Bruce; Sbaglia, Rob; Lovejoy, Val – Teaching Science, 2017
In this paper, we report on a case study of how three teachers personalised learning in science through supporting a group of Year 8 students to engage in individual inquiry projects. The case study demonstrated how heavily transmissive teaching can be avoided by restructuring classes to optimise student group and individual work and timely…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Student Projects
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Barlow, Tim; Fleming, Barry – Teaching Science, 2016
"Blended" and "flipped" pedagogies are becoming more common features of classrooms as the technological revolution continues. While the appropriate use of technology in the learning environment can serve to motivate some students, significant problems surrounding student motivation and engagement remain. As such, the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Bale, Colin; Taylor, Neil; Vlaardingerbroek, Barend – Teaching Science, 2015
Diagrammatic representations are ubiquitous in science education, with students and teachers alike being firmly committed to their use. However, students interpret the visual data imparted by diagrams in different ways. In this study involving diagrams of cells, it was found that first-year university students apply various criteria to evaluate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cytology, Visual Aids, Measures (Individuals)
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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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Yap, Siew Fong; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2014
This research focuses on the use of ethical frameworks as a pedagogical model for socio-scientific education in implementing the "Science as a Human Endeavour" (SHE) strand of the Australian Curriculum: Science in a Year 10 biology class in a Christian college in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Using a case study approach, a mixed…
Descriptors: Biology, Ethics, Science Activities, Science Instruction
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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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Lewis, Elaine; Baudains, Catherine; Mansfield, Caroline – Teaching Science, 2009
Involving students in authentic science work is one way to enhance their interest in science. This paper reports a project in which Year 4-7 students actively participated in a study that involved the provision of a suitable nesting site for local turtles. The students collected data on turtle nests at the site and evidence of turtle hatchlings at…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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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
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Lake, David – Teaching Science, 2008
Science in rural and remote schools has received unenviable press around the world. The political and administrative spotlight has fallen on the inadequate physical resources available to rural schools (Hawkes, Halverson and Brockmueller, 2002), inadequate professional development (Howley, Chadwick and Howley, 2002), and the problems…
Descriptors: One Teacher Schools, Rural Schools, Rural Education, Small Classes