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Pope, Timothy; Dawson, Vaille; Koul, Rekha – Teaching Science, 2017
The advances of modern biotechnology provide teachers with a number of opportunities to explore socioscientific issues, and in doing so to enhance students' reasoning skills. Although some attempt has been made to understand cultural differences in students' informal reasoning across international and regional boundaries, there is limited research…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Religious Factors, Biotechnology, Informal Education
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Carson, Katherine; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2016
This paper describes the development and implementation of a three-pillared model for teaching socioscientific issues: teacher professional development; curriculum resources; and classroom support. A professional development program and curriculum resource based on the socioscientific issue of climate change was trialled with 75 Western Australian…
Descriptors: Training Methods, Faculty Development, Teaching Models, Science and Society
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Moore, Simon; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2015
Science education involves students learning explanations of natural phenomena which are neither obvious nor intuitive. Generally, they have been arrived at and refined by years of dedicated inquiry on the part of large scientific communities. At the same time, these phenomena often concern the objects of everyday experience regarding which…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Science Instruction
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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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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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Dawson, Vaille; Carson, Katherine – Teaching Science, 2013
This study investigated 438 Year 10 students (15 and 16 years old) from Western Australian schools, on their understanding of the greenhouse effect and climate change, and the sources of their information. Results showed that most students have an understanding of how the greenhouse effect works, however, many students merge the processes of the…
Descriptors: Climate, Environmental Education, Secondary School Students, Investigations
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Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2012
Climate change and its effects are likely to present challenging problems for future generations of young people. It is important for Australian students to understand the mechanisms and consequences of climate change. If students are to develop a sophisticated understanding, then science teachers need to be well-informed about climate change…
Descriptors: Climate, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Environmental Education
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Dawson, Vaille; Moore, Leah – Teaching Science, 2011
In 2007, a new upper secondary course, Earth and Environmental Science (EES) was introduced in Western Australia. The development and implementation of the course was supported by Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA), a consortium of universities, the CSIRO and other organisations. The role of ESWA is to support the teaching of earth science in…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Qualifications, Field Experience Programs, Earth Science
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Dawson, Vaille; Carson, Katherine; Venville, Grady – Teaching Science, 2010
The purpose of this project was to provide innovative and cutting edge genetics materials for 14-17 year olds (Year 10-12) in Australian schools, which aimed to engage students and encourage evidence based decision-making. In 2008, an Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) project called "Genetics…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Genetics, Workshops, Foreign Countries
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Fitzgerald, Angela; Dawson, Vaille; Hackling, Mark – Teaching Science, 2009
Effective science teaching is vital for improved student learning outcomes in primary school science. Therefore, there is a need to tease out the components of effective science teaching to better understand what effective primary teachers do in their classrooms and why they do it. Four primary teachers, each nominated as effective science…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers