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Lowe, Beverly; Appleton, Ken – Research in Science Education, 2015
Queensland schools are currently teaching with the first National Curriculum for Australia. This new curriculum was one of a number of political responses to address the recurring low scores in literacy, mathematics, and science that continue to hold Australia in poor international rankings. Teachers have spent 2¬†years getting to know the new…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, National Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation
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Appleton, Ken – Research in Science Education, 2003
Analyzes the ways in which some beginning primary school teachers cope when faced with teaching science. Examines aspects of a group of beginning primary teachers' science teaching practices in order to better understand the basis of their practice. Finds that activities that work have a close relationship with science Pedagogical Content…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Appleton, Ken – Research in Science Education, 2002
Investigates 20 elementary school teachers' perceptions of what the term "activities that work" means. Suggests that hands-on science activities are interesting and motivating for children, have a clear outcome or result, are manageable in the classroom, and preferably used in a context in which science is integrated into themes.…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Hands on Science, Preservice Teacher Education
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Appleton, Ken – Research in Science Education, 1995
Examined how elementary students in three classes using different teaching strategies, presented with discrepant event problems in science, begin the problem-solving process by exploration of the problem space. Because of the constraints imposed by each teaching strategy, none of those used was considered entirely satisfactory. Appendix contains…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Intermediate Grades
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Appleton, Ken; Symington, David – Research in Science Education, 1996
Describes a study that identifies what were considered new directions for science teaching and research in 1984 and compares those with actual developments. Considers possible future directions for research. One key implication drawn from the analysis is that science education researchers have tended to neglect working in collaboration with other…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Research, Educational Trends