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Pepper, Coral – Teaching Science, 2013
Introducing Problem Based Learning (PBL) to a cohort of science education pre-service teachers enabled them to engage in a widely used learning and teaching strategy helpful to align university courses with the professional work they are expected to undertake on graduation. Almost fifty pre-service teachers participated in the study, focussed on…
Descriptors: Investigations, Problem Based Learning, Science Activities, 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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Hobbs, Linda – Teaching Science, 2012
There is wide acceptance that there are teacher shortages, particularly in physics, chemistry and mathematics, and in rural and hard to staff schools. An issue that arises because of this shortage is teachers teaching subjects that they are not qualified to teach. In this paper, I draw on my research and that of others to outline the issues for…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Performance Factors
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Venville, Grady; Blair, David; Coward, David; Deshon, Fred; Gargano, Mark; Gondwe, Mzamose; Heary, Auriol; Longnecker, Nancy; Pitts, Marina; Zadnik, Marjan – Teaching Science, 2012
Excursions to museums and science centres generally are great fun for students and teachers. The potential educational benefits beyond enjoyment, however, are rarely realised or analysed for their efficacy. The purpose of this paper is to describe four educational enrichment programs delivered at the Gravity Discovery Centre (GDC), near Gingin,…
Descriptors: Enrichment, Museums, Foreign Countries, Educational Objectives
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Downs, Nathan; Larsen, Kim; Parisi, Alfio; Schouten, Peter; Brennan, Chris – Teaching Science, 2012
A practical exercise for developing a simple cost-effective solar ultraviolet radiation dosimeter is presented for use by middle school science students. Specifically, this exercise investigates a series of experiments utilising the historical blue print reaction, combining ammonium iron citrate and potassium hexacyanoferrate to develop an…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Investigations
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Sandoval, Christopher – Teaching Science, 2012
This article presents a demonstration using methane bubble flame tower that offers a fun and relatively cheap way of demonstrating what happens when there is a density difference. Teachers can do this as a predict-observe-explain demonstration after the students have learned about density to extend their learning and get into some higher order…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Concept Teaching, Teaching Methods
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Hackling, Mark; Barratt-Pugh, Caroline – Teaching Science, 2012
Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and leading international researchers argue for more intentional and purposeful teaching of science in the early years. This case study of exemplary practice illustrates intentional teaching of science materials which opened-up learning opportunities in literacy and number. Student-led hands-on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Science Instruction, Peer Teaching
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Geelan, David; Mukherjee, Michelle; Martin, Brian – Teaching Science, 2012
A quantitative, quasi-experimental study of the effectiveness of computer-based scientific visualizations for concept learning on the part of Year 11 physics students (n = 80) was conducted in six Queensland high school classrooms. Students' gender and academic ability were also considered as factors in relation to the effectiveness of teaching…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Physics, Foreign Countries
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Teaching Science, 2012
The May event of I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! harnessed fifteen scientists in three general zones, engaging almost 800 students from twenty two schools across the country, generating 624 answered questions, 406 comments and fifty three live-chat sessions. (Contains 4 photos.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientists, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Activities
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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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Lim, Kieran F. – Teaching Science, 2012
Titrations are common laboratory exercises in high school and university chemistry courses, because they are easy, relatively inexpensive, and they illustrate a number of fundamental chemical principles. While students have little difficulty with calculations involving a single titration step, there is a significant leap in conceptual difficulty…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Textbooks, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Peter Hudson – Teaching Science, 2012
Curricula integration presents possibilities for broadening and deepening students' learning, yet more models are required for teachers to engage effectively in curricula integration. Utilising other subject areas to enhance science learning can extend the science curriculum, particularly in primary schools. Linking standards from subject areas…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Experience, Science Curriculum, Science Activities
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Van Rooy, Wilhelmina; Moore, Leah – Teaching Science, 2012
This article discusses using students' analysis of media coverage of the March 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear events to develop their knowledge and understanding of geological concepts and related socio-scientific issues. It draws on news reported at that time, identifies themes in those reports, and suggests how this event can be…
Descriptors: News Reporting, Foreign Countries, Criticism, Scientific Literacy
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