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Murcia, Karen – Teaching Science, 2009
Understanding and evaluating reports of science in the media is frequently stated as an attribute of a scientifically literate person, with some researchers suggesting it should be fundamental to any study of scientific literacy. Constructive engagement with science news briefs requires individuals to understand the terms used, take a critical…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Scientific Literacy, Social Environment, Evaluation
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Howitt, Christine; Lewis, Simon W.; Waugh, Sara – Teaching Science, 2009
Scientists in Schools (SiS) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations that aims to establish and maintain sustained and ongoing partnerships between scientists and school communities as a means of developing more scientifically literate citizens. This paper describes and analyses an…
Descriptors: Science Programs, Crime, Technology, Scientists
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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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Oliver, Mary; McConney, Andrew; Maor, Dorit – Teaching Science, 2009
Mentoring teachers during their early career induction has the potential to pay long-term benefits in respect of improved teacher effectiveness and retention. To add to our understanding of mentoring beginning teachers, this paper documents the experiences of thirty-eight teachers in their first year of teaching Science or Mathematics who…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Effectiveness, Focus Groups, Science Teachers
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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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Borgelt, Ida; Brooks, Kym; Innes, Jane; Seelander, Amy; Paige, Kathryn – Teaching Science, 2009
In this paper four final-year education students describe one aspect of their science pathway course, a place-based experience in an urban ecological setting. The aim of the place-based experience was to combine community service and science knowledge to focus on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. The assessment task required…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Citizenship Responsibility, Sciences, Reflection
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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David; Malcolm, Cliff; Kirkwood, Valda – Teaching Science, 2009
The paper reports on some of the findings of an extensive study undertaken in Victoria as part of a national Science, ICT and Mathematics Education in Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR) project. One of the significant findings of the study was the extent to which teachers in the schools where the study data were collected took responsibility…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Teacher Responsibility
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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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Lyons, Terry – Teaching Science, 2008
It is often assumed that teachers in rural and remote schools are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing professional development. But is there sufficient evidence to support this assumption? This paper reports findings from two national surveys comparing the professional development priorities of primary and secondary science teachers from…
Descriptors: Evidence, National Surveys, Science Teachers, Professional Development
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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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