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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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Paige, Kathryn; O'Keeffe, Lisa; Geer, Ruth; MacGregor, Denise; Panizzon, Debra – Teaching Science, 2019
Among educators there is no clear definition for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This complicates its conception and application in schools. Thus, it is critical when working with students that we develop a common understanding of STEM, or at least understand and value the different perspectives that others may have. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Knowledge Level, STEM Education
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Cornish, Scott; Yeung, Alexandra; Kable, Scott H.; Orgill, MaryKay; Sharma, Manjula D. – Teaching Science, 2019
This article describes how the Advancing Science and Engineering through Laboratory Learning (ASELL) Schools program was developed. ASELL School's directive is to facilitate the embedding of inquiry-based learning in secondary school classrooms through workshop-based teacher professional development (PD). The approach of ASELL Schools is to…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Workshops, Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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King, Donna; Lyons, Terry; Dawes, Les; Doyle, Tanya; O'Loughlin, Megan – Teaching Science, 2018
Connecting schools and teachers with industry and community partners is essential for improving STEM outcomes for students. To address this, two pilot 'STEM Hubs' were created for schools in Brisbane and Townsville that connected secondary STEM teachers with local industry and community partners. The collaboration afforded innovative STEM units to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Resources, Secondary School Teachers, School Community Relationship
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Fernando, Primani; Cooper, Rebecca – Teaching Science, 2017
This paper provides a brief introduction to teaching strategies that can be used to support English as Additional Language (EAL) students in learning biology terminology. The paper begins with an overview of EAL students and considers the difficulties that they may face in the classroom along with the challenges that mainstream teachers may have…
Descriptors: Biology, Vocabulary, Science Instruction, English Language Learners
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Rowen, Catherine; Woods-McConney, Amanda; Hughes, Leonie; Laird, Damian – Teaching Science, 2017
The national curriculum for chemistry includes topics that have not previously been taught at secondary level. In response to requests for teacher professional learning (PL) covering these topics, a course called "Divide and Analyse" was developed. Investigations into the PL needs of chemistry teachers were carried out in conjunction…
Descriptors: Professional Education, Teacher Attitudes, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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McKinnon, Merryn; Perara, Sean – Teaching Science, 2015
This study adapted the Draw-A-Science-Teacher Test to compare 22 pre-service teachers' perceptions of their own strengths as science teachers against their perceived strengths of expert science teachers. The drawings identified a disconnection between theory and practice that we revisit in the literature. Our findings from this pilot study are…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Fitzgerald, Angela; Schneider, Katrin – Teaching Science, 2013
Impending change can provide us with the opportunity to rethink and renew the things that we do. The first phase of the Australian Curriculum implementation offers primary school teachers the chance to examine their approaches to science learning and teaching. This paper focuses on the perceptions of three primary school teachers regarding what…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Curriculum Implementation
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Hoh, Yin Kiong – Teaching Science, 2013
This article reports on the results of a paper-pen questionnaire study involving certain key aspects of the nature of science. The questionnaire covers, among other things, aspects such as uniqueness of the scientific method, objectivity of scientific data, and immutability of scientific laws. The survey was given out to eighty trainee teachers…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Preservice Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Paige, Kathy; Lloyd, David; Zeegers, Yvonne; Roetman, Philip; Daniels, Chris; Hoekman, Brad; Linnell, Lisa; George, Ann-Louise; Szilassy, David – Teaching Science, 2012
This paper reports on a year-long citizen science project that focused on improving learning for students identified as most at risk of not succeeding at school. This project was one element of a broader university-based aspirations Initiative which aimed to engage students from low socio-economic schools in rigorous learning in order to increase…
Descriptors: Science Projects, At Risk Students, Science Course Improvement Projects, Socioeconomic Background
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Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2012
Climate change and its effects are likely to present challenging problems for future generations of young people. It is important for Australian students to understand the mechanisms and consequences of climate change. If students are to develop a sophisticated understanding, then science teachers need to be well-informed about climate change…
Descriptors: Climate, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Environmental Education
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Morgan, Anne-Marie – Teaching Science, 2012
A teacher-researcher in a primary school setting surveyed the middle years' teachers of her school and those in the local science hub group, to determine their confidence and satisfaction levels in relation to teaching science. Her results confirm feelings of inadequacy and reluctance to teach Science, but also indicate ways that schools can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Well Being
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McDonald, Christine V.; Heck, Deborah – Teaching Science, 2012
The implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Science across the compulsory years of schooling (F-10) in most Australian states this year, requires science teachers to address the teaching of scientific argumentation in their classrooms. To attend to this challenge, we conducted an argumentation professional development program with practicing…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Teaching Experience, Foreign Countries, Professional Development
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Dawson, Vaille; Moore, Leah – Teaching Science, 2011
In 2007, a new upper secondary course, Earth and Environmental Science (EES) was introduced in Western Australia. The development and implementation of the course was supported by Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA), a consortium of universities, the CSIRO and other organisations. The role of ESWA is to support the teaching of earth science in…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Qualifications, Field Experience Programs, Earth Science
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Hatsidimitris, George; Connor, Rick; Ginges, Jacinda; Wolfe, Joe – Teaching Science, 2010
"Glimpses of Science" is the outcome of collaboration between the University of New South Wales and four primary schools in the Sydney metropolitan region. A prototype kit on the topic of sound was developed and demonstrated by the team. This kit formed the basis for further science activities to be designed and produced in conjunction…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Foreign Countries, Hands on Science, Elementary School Science
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