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Tho, Siew Wei; Yeung, Yau Yuen – Teaching Science, 2014
A Smartphone is not only a mobile device that is used for communication but is also integrated with a personal digital assistant (PDA) and other technological capabilities such as built-in acceleration, magnetic and light sensors, microphone, camera and Global Positioning System (GPS) unit. This handheld device has become very popular with the…
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Investigations
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McMullen, Kevin; Rasmus, C.; Virtue, Melinda; Slik, Kate; Wrigley, Colin – Teaching Science, 2014
Baking cakes with different recipes can provide an exercise in the application of the scientific method, illustrating the need to vary only one ingredient at a time for correct derivation of conclusions. This experiment, most likely to be performed at home, compares a cake flour with flours from durum wheat, rice and cornflour (gluten-free…
Descriptors: Cooking Instruction, Science Experiments, Food, Chemistry
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Tasker, Roy – Teaching Science, 2014
Why is chemistry so difficult? A seminal paper by Johnstone (1982) offered an explanation for why science in general, and chemistry in particular, is so difficult to learn. He proposed that an expert in chemistry thinks at three levels; the macro (referred to as the observational level in this article), the sub-micro (referred to as the molecular…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Visualization, Molecular Structure, Theory Practice Relationship
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Cheng, Meng-Fei; Cheng, Yufang; Hung, Shuo-Hsien – Teaching Science, 2014
Based on our experience of teaching physics in middle and senior secondary school, we have found that students have difficulty in reasoning at the microscopic level. Their reasoning is limited to the observational level so they have problems in developing scientific models of magnetism. Here, we suggest several practical activities and the use of…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Magnets, Science Education, Computer Simulation
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Ng, Wan – Teaching Science, 2014
Educators are continually being challenged to think about how best to integrate digital technologies meaningfully and effectively in their classrooms. A current trend in educational technology which has the potential to enable this in a pragmatic manner is the flipped classroom concept. This paper aims to explore the idea in Science teaching and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Sayre, Eleanor C. – Teaching Science, 2014
Oral exams are a fruitful and practical alternative to written exams in small-enrolment Science classes. In an oral exam, the instructor can assess conceptual understanding, problem-solving, scientific communication skills, and a student's philosophy of science. In contrast, a written exam gives a much poorer picture of how students learn and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Science Teachers, Verbal Tests
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Bond, Charles S. – Teaching Science, 2014
Some readers might not fully know what the difference is between crystallography, and the "new age" practice of dangling crystals around the body to capitalise on their healing energy. The latter is often considered to be superstition, while ironically, the former has actually resulted in real rationally-based healing of human diseases…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Therapy, Diseases, Biochemistry
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Bunten, Rod; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2014
This paper argues that, despite its difficulties, climate change can (and perhaps needs to) be taught rigorously to students by enquiry rather than through transmission and that such a method will enable students to make judgments on other issues of scientific controversy. It examines the issues and barriers to the teaching of climate change,…
Descriptors: Climate, Secondary School Science, Grade 11, Grade 12
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Bramsen, Neil – Teaching Science, 2014
In March and April 2014, the author travelled overseas on a 2013 Churchill Fellowship to study education programs that successfully engage and enthuse primary and middle school students in maths, engineering and science (MES) or science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning in schools, universities and institutions in the United…
Descriptors: STEM Education, School Visitation, Science Interests, Observation
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Bond, Charles – Teaching Science, 2014
William Henry Bragg moved from Cambridge in Britain to South Australia to take up a professorship at the University of Adelaide in 1885. He brought with him a broad interest in many areas of physics, but when Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays in the 1890s, Bragg's interest was stimulated. William's Australian-born son, Lawrence (WL Bragg), began…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Science Experiments, Science Equipment, Science Education
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King, Donna – Teaching Science, 2014
An integrated approach to assessment afforded pre-service teachers the opportunity to learn about a local sustainability issue through three learning areas: science and technology, the arts and studies of society and environment (SOSE). Three sustainability issues chosen by the pre-service teachers are presented in this paper highlighting the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Science, Sustainability
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George, Robert; Patterson, John – Teaching Science, 2014
Here is a brief history of the work of two of Australia's most famous scientists, Sir William Bragg and his son Sir Lawrence Bragg. Jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in 1915 for their groundbreaking research into the use of X-rays to study the chemical structure and function of molecules, they have contributed to our heritage and to science at an…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Radiology, Intellectual History, Science Education History
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Lewis, Elaine; Bullimore, Hayley; Krupa, Amy; Gaschk, Katherine; Pearson, Jennifer – Teaching Science, 2014
Science expositions at the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC), Perth, Western Australia, have been conducted over the last five years (2009-2013) during National Science Week. These expos aimed to enhance science understanding in the community, foster partnerships for science and promote science careers by providing a scientific feast for…
Descriptors: Exhibits, Science Fairs, Science Education, Educational Practices
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Yap, Siew Fong; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2014
This research focuses on the use of ethical frameworks as a pedagogical model for socio-scientific education in implementing the "Science as a Human Endeavour" (SHE) strand of the Australian Curriculum: Science in a Year 10 biology class in a Christian college in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Using a case study approach, a mixed…
Descriptors: Biology, Ethics, Science Activities, Science Instruction
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Polyak, Steven – Teaching Science, 2014
Modern drug discovery programs require the contribution of researchers in a number of specialist areas. One of these areas is structural biology. Using X-ray crystallography, the molecular basis of how a drug binds to its biological target and exerts its mode of action can be defined. For example, a drug that binds into the active site of an…
Descriptors: Biology, Guides, Molecular Biology, Physical Sciences
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