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Liston, Maeve; Hennessy, Niamh – Teaching Science, 2018
The aim of this research was to explore the use of children's stories as a methodology in the primary science curriculum. This paper reports on a pilot project involving the design and development of science lessons integrating the book, 'We're All Going on a Bear Hunt', with children ranging in age from 6-8 years old in two different primary…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Scientific Literacy, Science Process Skills
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
Familiar toys can be used to scaffold young children's learning about basic physics as well as guide scientific inquiry. Teachers looking for resources to engage young children and develop science inquiry skills need look no further than the toy box. In this two-part activity, children first construct a Lego┬« car and use it to explore the effects…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Young Children, Toys, Physics
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Cheng, Meng-Fei; Cheng, Yufang; Hung, Shuo-Hsien – Teaching Science, 2014
Based on our experience of teaching physics in middle and senior secondary school, we have found that students have difficulty in reasoning at the microscopic level. Their reasoning is limited to the observational level so they have problems in developing scientific models of magnetism. Here, we suggest several practical activities and the use of…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Magnets, Science Education, Computer Simulation
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Hoban, Garry; Nielsen, Wendy; Shepherd, Alyce – Teaching Science, 2013
Students engage with science content when they are asked to explain and communicate their knowledge to others. In particular, encouraging students to create various digital media forms such as videos, podcasts, vodcasts, screencasts, digital stories and animations to explain science is usually engaging, especially if they have ownership of the…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Student Developed Materials
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Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Teaching Science, 2011
Various socioscientific issues (SSIs) are emerging in today's science--and technology--dominant society, e.g. genetically modified organisms and global warming. To achieve the goal of scientific literacy, more and more science educators have devoted their attention to enhancing students' understanding of the multidimensional aspects of SSIs as…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Climate, Teaching Methods, Discourse Analysis
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Hackling, Mark; Smith, Pru; Murcia, Karen – Teaching Science, 2010
A key principle of inquiry-based science education is that the process of inquiry must include opportunities for the exploration of questions and ideas, as well as reasoning with ideas and evidence. Teaching and learning Science therefore involves teachers managing a discourse that supports inquiry and students engaging in talk that facilitates…
Descriptors: Science Education, Inquiry, Science Instruction, Instruction
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Lloyd, David; Vanderhout, Annastasia; Lloyd, Lisa; Atkins, David – Teaching Science, 2010
In this article we describe our experiences in developing futures scenarios in two science contexts, space science and atmospheric science/climate change. Futures scenario writing can develop scientific literacy by connecting science learning to students' lifeworlds--past, present and future. They also provide a synthesising mechanism for…
Descriptors: Space Sciences, Scientific Literacy, Climate, Vignettes
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Hume, Anne – Teaching Science, 2009
Scientific literacy goals feature strongly in the rhetoric of most forward-looking science curricula. Many science educators believe that a key means of attaining these goals is through the engagement of students in "authentic scientific inquiry". For students to experience such learning it is critical that teachers understand and appreciate what…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Education
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Coffman, Margaret; Eidietis, Laura; Gardiner, Lisa; Hatheway, Becca; Henderson, Sandra; Rutherford, Sandra – Teaching Science, 2009
"Ducks in the Flow, Where Did They Go?" represents a fusion of language, arts and science. Offering both a story of discovery and factual science content, this hybrid storybook/textbook promotes literacy on several fronts: ocean principles, general science, and language/arts. A step up from the average text or reference book, "Ducks in the Flow"…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Childrens Literature, Scientific Literacy, Language Arts
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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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Evans, Rosemary S.; Rennie, Leonie J. – Teaching Science, 2009
This research described in this paper firstly explored teachers' ideas about scientific literacy using an interview technique. Secondly, using a longitudinal case study approach, it examined how, following their participation in a professional development program, primary teachers presented opportunities during their science lessons for their…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Case Studies, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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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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Reade, Jill; Ferguson, Peter; Colvill, Marj – Teaching Science, 2009
Switching rural primary students on to local science was a project centred on a cluster of seven Tasmanian primary schools over a full school year. The project had as its aims a mix of professional development outcomes for participant teachers and an enhancement of science experiences for their students. In order to achieve these aims programs…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries
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Murcia, Karen – Teaching Science, 2009
Understanding and evaluating reports of science in the media is frequently stated as an attribute of a scientifically literate person, with some researchers suggesting it should be fundamental to any study of scientific literacy. Constructive engagement with science news briefs requires individuals to understand the terms used, take a critical…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Scientific Literacy, Social Environment, Evaluation
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Howitt, Christine; Lewis, Simon W.; Waugh, Sara – Teaching Science, 2009
Scientists in Schools (SiS) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations that aims to establish and maintain sustained and ongoing partnerships between scientists and school communities as a means of developing more scientifically literate citizens. This paper describes and analyses an…
Descriptors: Science Programs, Crime, Technology, Scientists
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