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Melville, Wayne; Wallace, John – Research in Science Education, 2007
This article employs the concept of community to interpret teacher professional learning in the context of the school science department. Using the transcripts of staff meetings, lesson observations and the conversations of school administrators, the departmental community is examined in terms of three metaphors: subject, relationships and…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Science Teachers, Science Departments, Science Education
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Venville, Grady; Rennie, Leonie; Wallace, John – Research in Science Education, 2004
This article reports on students' decision making processes and sources of knowledge in an integrated teaching and learning setting. The study was conducted in a Year 9 classroom as students undertook a 10-week solar-powered boat project and were exposed to related concepts from science, technology and mathematics. Data collection involved…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Integrated Curriculum, Grade 9, Student Projects
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Louden, William; Wallace, John; Groves, Robin – Research in Science Education, 2001
Examines the intersection of two key reform ideas in science teacher education--professional teaching standards and the use of case methods. Tracks the historical development of what can be called second wave teaching standards and describes how those standards can be exemplified through multimedia web cases of science teaching. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Curriculum, Educational Change, Multimedia Instruction
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Mulholland, Judith; Wallace, John – Research in Science Education, 2000
Reports on a case study of the transition from preservice to inservice science teaching. Describes four sets of overlapping areas that provide vantage points for the study. Three sets describe participating teacher experiences, and the fourth set describes researchers' developments. Discusses the differences between a person who is good at science…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Constructivism (Learning), Cooperative Learning, Educational Environment
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Venville, Grady; Wallace, John; Louden, William – Research in Science Education, 1998
Suggests that the results of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) rank Western Australia as first in the world in science. Examines a statewide curriculum reform initiative that focuses on primary level science teacher leaders. Contains 27 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
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White, Robyn; Wallace, John – Research in Science Education, 1999
Describes the activities of two prominent science educators who presided over Australian science curriculum reforms during the 1960s and 1970s. Represents the educators' actions as heroic and describe how the Heroes shaped, modified, and united the culture through referents, rituals, and artifacts. Speculates on the importance of heroic activity…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Development