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King, Donna; Lyons, Terry; Dawes, Les; Doyle, Tanya; O'Loughlin, Megan – Teaching Science, 2018
Connecting schools and teachers with industry and community partners is essential for improving STEM outcomes for students. To address this, two pilot 'STEM Hubs' were created for schools in Brisbane and Townsville that connected secondary STEM teachers with local industry and community partners. The collaboration afforded innovative STEM units to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Resources, Secondary School Teachers, School Community Relationship
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Lyons, Terry – Teaching Science, 2018
In this article I present a practical model that primary and secondary teachers might use to help students explore the intrinsic connections between science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The analogy of a Russian nesting doll (matryoshka doll) can be used to stimulate classroom conversations about the nature of STEM and lead to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, STEM Education, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Kennedy, John; Lyons, Terry; Quinn, Frances – Teaching Science, 2014
Is there a crisis in Australian science and mathematics education? Declining enrolments in upper secondary Science and Mathematics courses have gained much attention from the media, politicians and high-profile scientists over the last few years, yet there is no consensus amongst stakeholders about either the nature or the magnitude of the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Science, Declining Enrollment, Student Participation
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Lyons, Terry – Teaching Science, 2008
Here's a challenge. Try searching "Google" for the phrase "rural science teachers" in Australian web content. Surprisingly, my attempts returned only two hits, neither of which actually referred to Australian teachers. Searches for "rural science education" fare little better. On this evidence one could be forgiven…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Rural Schools
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Lyons, Terry – Teaching Science, 2008
It is often assumed that teachers in rural and remote schools are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing professional development. But is there sufficient evidence to support this assumption? This paper reports findings from two national surveys comparing the professional development priorities of primary and secondary science teachers from…
Descriptors: Evidence, National Surveys, Science Teachers, Professional Development