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Lewis, Jessica; Oliver, Richard; Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2017
A "citizen science" outreach program was aimed at high school students in Western Australia with a focus on agricultural sciences. The program had two main objectives: the collection of samples and the mapping of the distribution of the leaf disease powdery mildew of barley across the state; and support for the teaching and learning of…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Agricultural Education, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
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Price, Andrew; Oliver, Mary; McGrane, Joshua – Teaching Science, 2015
This paper presents the results of a small-scale study concerned with the development of working memory during adolescence. The working memory of adolescent students was examined with a novel method, electroencephalography, which allowed insight into the neurological development of the students. Results showed that: electroencephalography is a…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Adolescents, Diagnostic Tests, Age Differences
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Dullard, Heath; Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2012
"I can feel it making my brain bigger": from a Year 8 student at Pinjarra Senior High School (SHS) halfway through the two-year Thinking Science Program. Pinjarra was a pilot school for the program in 2009/10 and a growing number of schools in Western Australia (WA) are implementing this program in Years Seven to Nine as part of the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Science Programs
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Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2011
A tenth grade class in an international school studied evolution for four weeks as part of the study of Biology. A diagnostic test was used to determine the main misconceptions students have as they come to the study of evolution. This was followed by a series of explorations of different conceptual models to account for evolution, structured…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Evolution, Action Research, Diagnostic Tests
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Oliver, Richard; Rybak, Kasia; Gruber, Cornelia; Nicholls, Graeme; Roberts, Graeme; Mengler, Janet; Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2011
Practical work is often considered to be a highlight of science classes for students. However, there are few opportunities for students to engage in an investigation which is situated in a real world problem and students are required to contribute their own ideas to the design and conduct of an experiment. This paper reports on a Scientists in…
Descriptors: World Problems, Educational Opportunities, Scientists, Grade 9
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Venville, Grady; Oliver, Mary; Longnecker, Nancy; Rennie, Leonie – Teaching Science, 2010
This research used a survey and interviews to find out which science subjects 174 Year 10 students wanted to study in Year 11 and why. The results showed that the major reasons students wanted to study a particular science subject were because they were interested in the subject matter and because they felt they would achieve well in that subject.…
Descriptors: School Policy, Science Education, Interviews, Surveys
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Oliver, Mary; McConney, Andrew; Maor, Dorit – Teaching Science, 2009
Mentoring teachers during their early career induction has the potential to pay long-term benefits in respect of improved teacher effectiveness and retention. To add to our understanding of mentoring beginning teachers, this paper documents the experiences of thirty-eight teachers in their first year of teaching Science or Mathematics who…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Effectiveness, Focus Groups, Science Teachers