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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David; Smith, Craig – Research in Science Education, 2011
There is growing concern about falling levels of student engagement with school science, as evidenced by studies of student attitudes, and decreasing participation at the post compulsory level. One major response to this, the Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) initiative, involves partnerships between…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Science Education, STEM Education
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Hubber, Peter; Tytler, Russell; Haslam, Filocha – Research in Science Education, 2010
A large body of research in the conceptual change tradition has shown the difficulty of learning fundamental science concepts, yet conceptual change schemes have failed to convincingly demonstrate improvements in supporting significant student learning. Recent work in cognitive science has challenged this purely conceptual view of learning,…
Descriptors: Language Role, Cognitive Psychology, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Tytler, Russell; Prain, Vaughan; Peterson, Suzanne – Research in Science Education, 2007
This study draws on recent research on the central role of representation in learning. While there has been considerable research on students' understanding of evaporation, the representational issues entailed in this understanding have not been investigated in depth. The study explored students' engagement with evaporation phenomena through…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Case Studies
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Tytler, Russell – Research in Science Education, 2007
"School Innovation in Science" represents a model, developed through working with more than 200 Victorian schools, to improve science teaching and learning. SIS works at the level of the science team and the teacher, providing resources to challenge and support the change process. Its emphasis is on strategic planning supported by a…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, Innovation, Audits (Verification)
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Tytler, Russell; Peterson, Suzanne – Research in Science Education, 2005
The growth in science understanding and reasoning of 12 children is being traced through their primary school years. The paper reports findings concerning children's growing understandings of evaporation, and their changing responses to exploration activities, that show the complexity and coherence of learning pathways. Children's responses to…
Descriptors: Children, Longitudinal Studies, Thinking Skills, Science Education
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Tytler, Russell; Peterson, Suzanne – Research in Science Education, 2001
Tracks five-year-old children's ideas by a range of means during and subsequent to a classroom sequence on evaporation. Explores the relationship between social and individual perspectives on learning, and questions some assumptions underlying conceptual change research. Analyzes the children's explanations of various evaporation phenomena over…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Epistemology
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Rahayu, Sri; Tytler, Russell – Research in Science Education, 1999
Explores children's conceptions of burning through observation and discussion of a number of challenging phenomenon. Finds that children's conceptions are both specific and contextually based. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Knowledge Representation, Primary Education, Science Education