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King, Donna; Ginns, Ian – Teaching Science, 2015
Engaging middle school students in science continues to be a challenge in Australian schools. One initiative that has been tried in the senior years but is a more recent development in the middle years is the context-based approach. In this ethnographic study, we researched the teaching and learning transactions that occurred in one ninth grade…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Learner Engagement, Ethnography, Grade 9
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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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Lynch, Julianne; Frankel, Nadine; McCarthy, Kerry; Sharp, Lindy – Teaching Science, 2015
This paper derives from the authors' experiences of the development of a successful science specialism implemented in a large primary school in regional Victoria, Australia, since 2012. We discuss how diverse resources--people, spaces, equipment, materials and ideas--were brought together to support a science specialism that focuses on positioning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Interviews
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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David – Teaching Science, 2015
There is considerable evidence suggesting that students in rural schools lag behind their city counterparts in measures of science literacy and attitude to science learning. If we are to address this situation we need to build as full a picture as we can of the key features of what is a complex and varied rural schooling context. In this article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Rural Schools, Educational Innovation
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Teaching Science, 2015
From star systems to social systems, CONASTA 64 connects teachers to researchers and scientists working on the cutting edge of modern science. We asked two CONASTA 64 Keynote speakers, Steven Tingay and Ian Walker to share their passion for their work and their dedication for giving back to the science community.
Descriptors: Astronomy, Interviews, STEM Education, Faculty Development
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Hackling, Mark; Sherriff, Barbara – Teaching Science, 2015
Language is critical in the mediation of scientific reasoning, higher-order thinking and the development of scientific literacy. This study investigated how an exemplary primary science teacher scaffolds and supports students' reasoning during a Year 4 materials unit. Lessons captured on video, teacher and student interviews and micro-ethnographic…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Teaching Science, 2015
This project is for a team of students (groups of two or three are ideal) to design and construct a model of a single-span bridge, using plastic drinking straws as the building material. All steps of the design, construction, testing and critiquing stages should be recorded by students in a journal. Students may like to include labelled diagrams,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Structural Elements (Construction), Cooperative Learning, Student Journals
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MacLeod, Ian D. – Teaching Science, 2015
During the past 50 years the amount of chemistry applied to the preservation of all sorts of materials, from wood, to ceramics, glass and metallic objects has increased dramatically as materials conservation laboratories became established around the world. In Australia, the finding of a series of historic shipwrecks of ships from the Dutch…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, Cultural Background, Museums
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Price, Andrew; Oliver, Mary; McGrane, Joshua – Teaching Science, 2015
This paper presents the results of a small-scale study concerned with the development of working memory during adolescence. The working memory of adolescent students was examined with a novel method, electroencephalography, which allowed insight into the neurological development of the students. Results showed that: electroencephalography is a…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Adolescents, Diagnostic Tests, Age Differences
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Walan, Susanne; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Teaching Science, 2015
Research has indicated that both context- and inquiry-based approaches could increase student interest in learning sciences. This case study aims to present a context- and inquiry-based combined teaching approach, using a three-step teaching model developed by the PROFILES project, and investigates Swedish students' responses to the activity. A…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Models, Case Studies
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Rennie, Richard – Teaching Science, 2015
The Australian Curriculum: Science for Year 5 includes "recognising that the colour of an object depends on the properties of the object and the color of the light source". This article shows how much more can be done with color in the science laboratory. Activities include using a prism to explore white light, using a hand lens to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Experiments, Science Activities, Color
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Bryce, Alisa – Teaching Science, 2015
Soil science, though relevant to a variety of subjects including science, geography, mathematics, social sciences and history, is typically perceived as a subgenre of agriculture. With a global need for soil scientists, and declining numbers in university soil courses, there's a growing gap between science needs and providers. One way to promote…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Soil Science, Integrated Curriculum, Science Course Improvement Projects
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Tang, Kok-Sing – Teaching Science, 2015
This article presents an instructional strategy called Premise-Reasoning-Outcome (PRO) designed to support students in the construction of scientific explanations. Informed by the philosophy of science and linguistic studies of science, the PRO strategy involves identifying three components of a scientific explanation: (i) premise--an accepted…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Science Instruction, Science Education, Scientific Concepts
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McKinnon, Merryn; Perara, Sean – Teaching Science, 2015
This study adapted the Draw-A-Science-Teacher Test to compare 22 pre-service teachers' perceptions of their own strengths as science teachers against their perceived strengths of expert science teachers. The drawings identified a disconnection between theory and practice that we revisit in the literature. Our findings from this pilot study are…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Moore, Simon; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2015
Science education involves students learning explanations of natural phenomena which are neither obvious nor intuitive. Generally, they have been arrived at and refined by years of dedicated inquiry on the part of large scientific communities. At the same time, these phenomena often concern the objects of everyday experience regarding which…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Science Instruction
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