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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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Lim, Kieran F. – Teaching Science, 2019
The use of the valence-shell electron-pair repulsion (VSEPR) model is essential for understanding aspects of bonding, molecular dipoles, inorganic complex ions, isomerization and stereochemistry, the lock-and-key mechanism for enzyme activity, and many other ideas. This paper describes how different approaches can be used to help students learn…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Molecular Structure, Secondary School Science
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McPherson, Heather – Teaching Science, 2018
In this article, the author describes a chemistry gas experiment that she developed with the intent of integrating inquiry and Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The lab activity follows the principles of Ambitious Science Teaching (AST). Teachers (1) engage students with important science ideas, (2) elicit students' ideas while making visible what…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Chemistry
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Rizik, Nadya; Taylor, Subhashni; Taylor, Neil; Sharma, Manjula – Teaching Science, 2018
Energy is one of the most complex yet central concepts taught in schools and is featured in the Australian Science Curriculum, as one of the six key organising ideas (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), 2015). The literature portrays a multitude of complications associated with teaching energy (see Millar, 2005 for a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Energy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Tho, Siew Wei; Lee, Tien Tien; Baharom, Sadiah – Teaching Science, 2018
Trends in contemporary science education emphasise the benefits of out-of-school learning experiences to help schools link science with everyday life (Tho, Chan, & Yeung, 2015). With the help of state-of-the-art technology, mobile devices--particularly smartphones--have the ability to work as data-logging tools for students to perform…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Low, David; Malik, Umairia; Wilson, Kate – Teaching Science, 2018
Large gender gaps in performance on questions involving projectile motion have been observed at high school and university level, even amongst high-achieving students. This gap is particularly problematic because projectile motion is typically one of the first topics formally taught in physics, and this may give girls an inappropriately negative…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Science Instruction, Motion, Scientific Concepts
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Hill, Matthew; Sharma, Manjula – Teaching Science, 2015
The ability to represent the world like a scientist is difficult to teach; it is more than simply knowing the representations (e.g., graphs, words, equations and diagrams). For meaningful science learning to take place, consideration needs to be given to explicitly integrating representations into instructional methods, linked to the content, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Worksheets, Teaching Methods, Educational Research
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Fogarty, Ian; Geelan, David; Mukherjee, Michelle – Teaching Science, 2012
Five Canadian high school Chemistry classes in one school, taught by three different teachers, studied the concepts of dynamic chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier's Principle. Some students received traditional teacher-led explanations of the concept first and used an interactive scientific visualisation second, while others worked with the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science, High Schools
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Hoban, Garry; Nielsen, Wendy – Teaching Science, 2010
"Slowmation" (abbreviated from "Slow Animation") is a simplified way of making an animation that enables students to create their own as a new way of learning about a science concept. When students make a slowmation, they create a sequence of five multimodal representations (the 5 Rs) with each one contributing to the learning…
Descriptors: Animation, Hands on Science, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts