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Jane, Beverley; Robbins, Jill – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2007
For many grandchildren their grandparents are "special" people, and the time they spend together often generates memorable experiences and conversations that are educational. Yet society underestimates the impact that grandparents have as mentors and role models for children. Through spontaneous, shared activities grandparents support the science…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Role Models, Intergenerational Programs, Grandchildren
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Jane, Beverley; Fleer, Marilyn; Gipps, John – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2007
Stereotypical views of scientists portrayed in the media, and how science is currently taught in Australian schools, both contribute to many students not studying science beyond Year 10. Reports on the status of science teaching in primary schools still tend to focus on the individual teacher's lack of confidence and inadequate content knowledge,…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Childrens Art, Hands on Science, Data Analysis
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Jane, Beverley – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2006
Science education research predominantly shows that students improve their scientific understandings when they tinker (or pull apart) tools and simple household machines. In this study, the qualitative data collected took the form of online journal entries by final year, female, primary teacher trainees, who reflected upon their early childhood…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Research, Scientific Concepts, Student Attitudes