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Kelk, Joee – Teaching Science, 2009
A lecturer at the University of Queensland has developed an excellent model to give students an authentic, hands-on experience of ecological research. The first-year university students have been learning about biodiversity as they carry out the task of beetle identification. This partnership gives the students a chance to contribute to an…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Biodiversity, Ecology, College Science
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King, Donna – Teaching Science, 2009
Nationally and internationally, context-based programs have been implemented in an attempt to engage students in chemistry through connecting the canonical science with the real world. In Queensland, a context-based approach to chemistry was trialled in selected schools from 2002 but there is little research that investigates how students learn in…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Chemistry, Grade 11, Scientific Concepts
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Tytler, Russell; Haslam, Filocha; Prain, Vaughan; Hubber, Peter – Teaching Science, 2009
There has been growing interest in linking the learning of Science with the literacies of Science and representations. Recent attention has been focused on learning theories that emphasise the socio-cultural and situated aspects of learning, and in particular the notion of learning as participation in a discourse community. This paper will…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Learning Theories, Discourse Communities, Class Activities
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Treschman, Keith – Teaching Science, 2009
At noon throughout the year the Sun has a north-south and east-west motion around the meridian. Earliest/latest sunrises and sunsets do not occur at the solstices and the effect is more pronounced with decreasing latitude. This phenomenon is calculated for 25 Australian cities and the following observations are recorded: (1) The latest sunrise…
Descriptors: Motion, Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Scientific Principles
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Lyons, Terry – Teaching Science, 2008
Here's a challenge. Try searching "Google" for the phrase "rural science teachers" in Australian web content. Surprisingly, my attempts returned only two hits, neither of which actually referred to Australian teachers. Searches for "rural science education" fare little better. On this evidence one could be forgiven…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Rural Schools
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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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Kenny, John; Seen, Andrew; Purser, John – Teaching Science, 2008
This paper reports on the outcomes of a pilot project to support secondary teachers of science in rural and regional Tasmania. The pilot project involved eight regional schools and was based on the provision of a kit of materials and an associated learning program that used brine shrimp or "sea-monkeys" to test for water quality. The…
Descriptors: Regional Schools, Water Quality, Pilot Projects, Science Teachers
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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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Keys, Philip M. – Teaching Science, 2008
This study reports on the strategies that regional science teachers found useful when early career scientists--tertiary science students were employed as peer mentors in their science classroom with indigenous and non-indigenous Year 7-10 students. Teachers engaged in a participatory action research to define the role of the early career…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Mentors, College Students, Scientists
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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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Milne, Christine; Roche, Scott; McKay, David – Teaching Science, 2008
Giving students the opportunity to extract, manipulate and visualise DNA molecules enhances a constructivist approach to learning about modern techniques in biology and biotechnology Visualisation usually requires agarose gel electrophoresis and staining. In this article, we report on an alternative DNA stain, Nile Blue A, that may be used in the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Genetics, Biotechnology, Science Instruction
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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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Maud, Ian – Teaching Science, 2008
Teaching Robotics in the classroom involves the use of different strategies to a conventional classroom but yields exceptional outcomes: in most cases students are teaching themselves and may not even realise it! This is "learning by stealth" and produces effective knowledge. Students also develop many additional and complementary skills…
Descriptors: Robotics, Teaching Methods, Skill Development, Science Instruction
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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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