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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David – Teaching Science, 2015
There is considerable evidence suggesting that students in rural schools lag behind their city counterparts in measures of science literacy and attitude to science learning. If we are to address this situation we need to build as full a picture as we can of the key features of what is a complex and varied rural schooling context. In this article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Rural Schools, Educational Innovation
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Clark, John Cripps; Tytler, Russell; Symington, David – Teaching Science, 2014
There is increasing interest in collaborative arrangements between schools and community scientists to enhance student engagement with learning. We describe research in which we identify a wide range of such collaborations in Australia, and investigate through interviews with community participants their perspectives on the purposes of…
Descriptors: School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Science Education
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Symington, David; Tytler, Russell – Teaching Science, 2011
This paper draws on a study of the BHP Billiton Science Awards to explore the ways in which open investigation work occurs in schools. The research used interviews with teachers and students and state organisers to develop a picture of what happens on the ground in running student open investigations, and to trace how schools have built a culture…
Descriptors: Investigations, Awards, Science Education, Educational Practices
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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David; Malcolm, Cliff; Kirkwood, Valda – Teaching Science, 2009
The paper reports on some of the findings of an extensive study undertaken in Victoria as part of a national Science, ICT and Mathematics Education in Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR) project. One of the significant findings of the study was the extent to which teachers in the schools where the study data were collected took responsibility…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Teacher Responsibility
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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David; Kirkwood, Valda; Malcolm, Cliff – Teaching Science, 2008
There is an increase in school-community linked initiatives in school science. A substantial proportion of these involve rural schools. This article asks the question: In what ways do these initiatives offer possibilities for better engaging rural students with school science? The paper draws on information from a number of school-community linked…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Innovation, Rural Areas, Rural Education