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Zeegers, Yvonne; McKinnon, Heather – Teaching Science, 2012
This paper describes one aspect of an ESL teacher's journey, in which her voluntary involvement in a series of science-based professional learning events inspired her to use language-based objectives to develop and teach an integrated unit of work with ESL students. Her willingness to modify her usual pedagogical practice and the inspiration she…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Second Language Learning
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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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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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Chittleborough, Gail; Campbell, Coral – Teaching Science, 2012
The prestigious BHP Billiton Science Teacher Awards are awarded annually to one teacher from each state of Australia. The awards recognise and value the time and effort that teachers give to the profession and to students conducting scientific research projects. This paper examines the Science Award scheme to identify the characteristics common to…
Descriptors: Awards, Scientific Research, Teacher Student Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Dullard, Heath; Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2012
"I can feel it making my brain bigger": from a Year 8 student at Pinjarra Senior High School (SHS) halfway through the two-year Thinking Science Program. Pinjarra was a pilot school for the program in 2009/10 and a growing number of schools in Western Australia (WA) are implementing this program in Years Seven to Nine as part of the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Science Programs
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Larkin, Damian; King, Donna; Kidman, Gillian – Teaching Science, 2012
One way to integrate indigenous perspectives in junior science is through links between indigenous stories of the local area and science concepts. Using local indigenous stories about landforms, a teacher of Year 8 students designed a unit on geology that catered for the diverse student population in his class. This paper reports on the…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Foreign Countries, Geology, Culturally Relevant Education
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Waldrip, Bruce; Prain, Vaughan – Teaching Science, 2012
The development of students' reasoning and argumentation skills in school science is currently attracting strong research interest. In this paper we report on findings where we aimed to investigate student learning on the topic of motion when students, guided by their teacher, responded to a sequence of representational challenges in which their…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Achievement, Logical Thinking
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Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2011
A tenth grade class in an international school studied evolution for four weeks as part of the study of Biology. A diagnostic test was used to determine the main misconceptions students have as they come to the study of evolution. This was followed by a series of explorations of different conceptual models to account for evolution, structured…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Evolution, Action Research, Diagnostic Tests
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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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Semple, Anne – Teaching Science, 2011
In 2001, the Australian Science Teachers Association's (ASTA's) Golden Jubilee year, a special commemorative combined issue of the then "Australian Science Teachers' Journal" (ASTJ) and "Investigating" (Australian Primary and Junior Science Journal), charted ASTA's beginnings and growth, from a "loose affiliation of four…
Descriptors: Professional Associations, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Investigations
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Bishop, Mark – Teaching Science, 2011
It is often claimed, by science teachers at least, that whatever else science teaching in the future will consist of, it will certainly be representative of all science in mood and temper even if not in data presented. It will be taught to all students at the primary and secondary levels, be they girls or boys, be they intelligent or…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Science Teachers, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Hackling, Mark; Smith, Pru; Murcia, Karen – Teaching Science, 2011
Managing classroom discussions that maximise learning through the phases of inquiry in primary science requires a rich repertoire of teacher knowledge and skills. Twelve teachers participated in a professional learning program focussed on building teachers' knowledge, confidence and self-efficacy for managing classroom discourse and using puppets…
Descriptors: Puppetry, Classroom Communication, Teacher Characteristics, Self Efficacy
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King, Donna; Winner, Evan; Ginns, Ian – Teaching Science, 2011
In Australia, there is a crisis in science education with students becoming disengaged with canonical science in the middle years of schooling. One recent initiative that aims to improve student interest and motivation without diminishing conceptual understanding is the context-based approach. Contextual units that connect the canonical science…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Science Education
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Ingvarson, Lawrence – Teaching Science, 2011
In 1973, a major national report on education called for a more active role for the teaching profession in developing standards for practice and in exercising responsibility for professional development. While it would not be accurate to say that the teaching profession has become "the point of reference for standards and thus the source of…
Descriptors: Expertise, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Evaluation, Professional Associations
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Oliver, Richard; Rybak, Kasia; Gruber, Cornelia; Nicholls, Graeme; Roberts, Graeme; Mengler, Janet; Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2011
Practical work is often considered to be a highlight of science classes for students. However, there are few opportunities for students to engage in an investigation which is situated in a real world problem and students are required to contribute their own ideas to the design and conduct of an experiment. This paper reports on a Scientists in…
Descriptors: World Problems, Educational Opportunities, Scientists, Grade 9
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