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Price, Colin – Teaching Science, 2019
This article proposes an evidence-based and engaging approach to teaching the mechanisms driving the movement of tectonic plates that should lead high school students towards the prevalent theories used in peer-reviewed science journals and taught in universities. The methods presented replace the inaccurate and outdated focus on mantle convection…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Plate Tectonics, Science Instruction, High School Students
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Ruddell, Nicholas – Teaching Science, 2019
This paper examines the use of social media as a collaborative and engagement tool for participants in a middle school science research project conducted over a three-year period. Sky Stories is a learning initiative that employs a blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge of astronomy to engage Year 5-8 middle school students in investigative…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Instruction, Social Media, Teaching Methods
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Teaching Science, 2017
EngQuest, an initiative of Engineers Australia, provides an exciting, non-competitive way for students to participate in free, fun and educational engineering activities involving mathematics, science and technology. This article describes a project designed to teach middle school students how to construct a water catchment system. Water…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, STEM Education, Water
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Massalha, Taha – Teaching Science, 2016
The "burning candle" experiment is used in middle school education programs to prove that air contains a component that is essential to burning (i.e., oxygen). The accepted interpretation taught by teachers in middle school is this: when burning occurs, oxygen is used up, creating an underpressure that causes a rise in water level inside…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Middle Schools, Secondary School Science, Scientific Concepts
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King, Donna; English, Lyn – Teaching Science, 2016
Nationally and internationally there have been calls for a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teaching and learning in schools to prepare students for the many future careers in the STEM fields. One way to do this is through engineering activities that provide opportunities for integrating STEM to solve problems using…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering, Grade 5, Foreign Countries
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Ng, Wan – Teaching Science, 2009
Capturing students' interest in science at the junior levels is crucial to not only improving the uptake of science at senior levels but to promoting science literacy in all students in order to prepare them for a society that is very science and technologically driven. This paper presents nanotechnology as an emerging science that is both factual…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Scientific Literacy, Middle School Students, Student Motivation
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Bauer, Adriana – Teaching Science, 2009
This article evaluates three online educational resources on the Queensland Museum website in terms of their use of ICTs in science education; how they relate to the Queensland Middle School Science Curriculum and the Senior Biology, Marine Studies, Science 21 syllabuses; their visual appeal and level of student engagement; the appropriateness of…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Museums, Scientific Literacy, Science Education
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Paige, Kathryn; Whitney, John – Teaching Science, 2008
This paper describes an innovation in science pre-service education that endeavours to increase student engagement in learning and doing science in the middle years through integrating science, mathematics and art. (Contains 8 figures.)
Descriptors: Science Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Learner Engagement, Middle School Students