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Howitt, Christine – Teaching Science, 2011
"Planting the Seeds of Science" is a new early childhood science resource developed through a collaboration between science/engineering academics, early childhood teacher educators and early childhood pre-service teachers, with funding from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Based on best practice early childhood principles,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Teacher Educators
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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend – Teaching Science, 2011
Pseudoscience is a ubiquitous aspect of popular culture which constitutes a direct challenge to science, and by association, to science education. With the exception of politically influential pseudosciences trying to impose themselves on official curricula such as creationism, science education authorities and professional organisations seem…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Comparative Analysis, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Dutt, Amit – Teaching Science, 2011
This paper reports on the nature of the conceptual understandings developed by Year 12 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) physics students as they made the transition from the essentially deterministic notions of classical physics, to interpretations characteristic of quantum theory. The research findings revealed the fact that the…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Science Instruction, Grade 12
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Mitrevski, Juliana; Treagust, David – Teaching Science, 2011
In recent years, the numbers of girls in secondary and tertiary education studying Physics have declined. This research sought to investigate Years 10 and 11 female students' views about Physics and their physics teachers and was conducted in an all-girls independent school. While the findings show that in general these students do not relate well…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Females, Physics, Secondary Education
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Skamp, Keith – Teaching Science, 2011
The new Australian national science curriculum includes chemistry content at the primary level. Chemistry for young students is learning about changes in material stuff (matter) and, by implication, of what stuff is made. Pedagogy in this area needs to be guided by research if stepping stones to later learning of chemical ideas are to facilitate…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Chemistry, Science Curriculum, Elementary School Science
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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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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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Belohlawek, Julie; Keogh, Brenda; Naylor, Stuart – Teaching Science, 2010
"The Puppets Promoting Engagement and Talk in Science" project focuses on using puppets to engage children in conversation to develop their thinking about scientific concepts in an inquiring, explorative approach. This project is also about motivating and engaging teachers to link literacy with science in their teaching and learning…
Descriptors: Puppetry, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Science Instruction
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Satterthwait, Donna – Teaching Science, 2010
From effective learning research, there is a general consensus that hands-on experiences help students to learn. The question that this paper seeks to answer is what it is about these activities that fosters student learning. In a review of the literature, three factors have been identified as making a significant contribution to this strategy's…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Cooperative Learning, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Carruthers, Rebecca; de Berg, Kevin – Teaching Science, 2010
Seventeen Grade Six students were divided into small groups to study the concept of forces in the context of magnets and their properties. The researcher, a pre-service primary school teacher, encouraged the students into conversation about magnets and it was found that, without hesitation, they talked about their prior experience of magnets. The…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 6, Scientific Concepts, Primary Education
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Forbes, Anne; McCloughan, Gerry – Teaching Science, 2010
"MyScience" ("www.myscience.edu.au") is a pioneering primary science initiative that uses a distinctive team approach, with primary teachers, primary students and volunteer mentor scientists working collaboratively as students conduct authentic scientific investigations to find answers to their own questions. The initiative is…
Descriptors: Investigations, Student Participation, Professional Development, Elementary School Science
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Stanger, Jeffrey J. – Teaching Science, 2010
The International Year of Astronomy in 2009 focused considerable public attention on Astronomy and generated valuable resources for educators. These activities are an effective vehicle for promoting Science to students and to the wider school community. The most engaging practical astronomy activities are best delivered with sustained support from…
Descriptors: Community Needs, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Alexander, Athalie; Russo, Sharon – Teaching Science, 2010
Capitalising on areas in which teachers feel most comfortable, the teaching of Biology, environmental education or nature to young children can be an alternative way of introducing and understanding Science. A "Citizen Science" program currently being run by the University of South Australia (UniSA) may be an appropriate starting point.…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Language Arts, Foreign Countries, Science Education
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Venville, Grady; Oliver, Mary; Longnecker, Nancy; Rennie, Leonie – Teaching Science, 2010
This research used a survey and interviews to find out which science subjects 174 Year 10 students wanted to study in Year 11 and why. The results showed that the major reasons students wanted to study a particular science subject were because they were interested in the subject matter and because they felt they would achieve well in that subject.…
Descriptors: School Policy, Science Education, Interviews, Surveys
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Fleming, Keith; Panizzon, Debra – Teaching Science, 2010
Learning is most effective when the scientific context used in the classroom is a transformed extension of the students' real world and so inspires students' intrinsic motivation, encouraging students to ask meaningful questions and seek their own answers through an inquiry or investigative approach. The Student Owned Learning Model (SOLM)…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Learning Strategies, Lifelong Learning, Motivation
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