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White, Peta; Nielsen, Wendy; Taylor, Russell – Teaching Science, 2020
Senior secondary students were tasked with generating slowmation representations of biological processes they had already learned about during Year 11 VCE biology. The slowmation task therefore connects work with representations to review of course material. Results indicate that students negotiated between the textbook (and some teacher-specific…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Grade 11, Secondary School Students, Scientific Concepts
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Maher, Damian; Ng, Wan – Teaching Science, 2020
University-led science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach plays an important role in addressing declining rates of student participation in tertiary STEM programs and declining interest in pursuing careers in STEM fields (Sadler, Eilam, Bigger & Barry, 2018). One type of outreach program that is becoming more popular is…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, STEM Education, College School Cooperation, Outreach Programs
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Connor, Celia R.; Watkins, Matthew; Walter, Ben; Harper, John D. I. – Teaching Science, 2020
Microorganisms (microbes) play essential roles in our lives, although the general media usually focuses on their negative or pathological aspects. Here we describe a collaborative approach between teachers and academics to teach primary school students about microbes in an engaging and diverse way. We introduced microbes, such as bacteria and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Microbiology, Science Activities
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Di Camillo, Kirra; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2020
This article reports on the explicit introduction of metacognitive strategies by an early career science teacher to support the application of mathematics skills. The research investigated the effectiveness of these strategies with three Year 11 physics students using an action research approach. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Learning Strategies, Classroom Techniques, Mathematics Skills
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Krell, Moritz; Dawborn-Gundlach, Merryn; van Driel, Jan – Teaching Science, 2020
Australian science teachers are asked to involve their students in the scientific processes of inquiry and investigation. The abilities needed for scientific problem-solving ("doing") and the capacity to reflect on the process of problem-solving at a meta level ("understanding") are defined as scientific reasoning competencies…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills
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Wellington, Angela; Easton, Genevieve; Davis, James; Yeh, Andy – Teaching Science, 2020
An important element of STEAM education that teachers struggle with is the adoption and application of digital technologies. Digital technologies have the potential to enhance social inclusion and student-centred learning, and for this reason it is important for teachers across all levels of schooling to develop skills and confidence in this area…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods
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Preston, Christine; Hubber, Peter; Bondurant-Scott, Michele; Gunesekere, Ishara – Teaching Science, 2020
Constructing Direct Current (DC) electric circuits is simple and engaging for primary students, but that is not all there is to learning about electricity. Mandatory learning in the Australian Curriculum: Science (ACARA, 2018) expects Year 6 students to explain some of the processes underlying electric circuits. The abstract nature of key…
Descriptors: Energy, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Science Curriculum
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Macnaugtan, Rebecca – Teaching Science, 2019
The SPECTRA program was introduced to Pennant Hills Public School as an extracurricular activity to help support the science and technology discipline, and more broadly STEM connections, for students in Stage 3. There are currently 35 students of mixed ability completing the program. Throughout their involvement in the SPECTRA program, these…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Science Programs, Extracurricular Activities, Authentic Learning
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Wright, Suzie; Fitzallen, Noleine; Shelley, Becky; Lang, Megan – Teaching Science, 2019
Inspiring children to pursue a career in science is a worthy pursuit for many reasons. One way to achieve this is to actively engage children in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning from an early age. However, it is not always possible to integrate all the STEM fields in one activity. Rather, careful consideration of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Vocational Interests, Elementary School Students, Student Research
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2019
Where does our food come from? Such a question may be difficult for some children to answer, especially those living in a city apartment devoid of a backyard with a vegie patch or fruit trees. This article describes a learning experience designed to encourage Year 1 children to think about the foods that humans obtain from plants. The learning…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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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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Sullivan, Tiana; Slater, Ben; Phan, Judy; Tan, Amanda; Davis, James – Teaching Science, 2019
The present study provides an illustration of how m-learning may be applied in school science contexts while simultaneously evaluating the accuracy and reliability of mobile phone functionality relating to the measurement of sound. The aim of this study is to report on the use of mobile phones as data collection tools in the context of a science…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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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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Price, Colin – Teaching Science, 2019
This article proposes an evidence-based and engaging approach to teaching the mechanisms driving the movement of tectonic plates that should lead high school students towards the prevalent theories used in peer-reviewed science journals and taught in universities. The methods presented replace the inaccurate and outdated focus on mantle convection…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Plate Tectonics, Science Instruction, High School Students
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