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Fernando, Primani; Cooper, Rebecca – Teaching Science, 2017
This paper provides a brief introduction to teaching strategies that can be used to support English as Additional Language (EAL) students in learning biology terminology. The paper begins with an overview of EAL students and considers the difficulties that they may face in the classroom along with the challenges that mainstream teachers may have…
Descriptors: Biology, Vocabulary, Science Instruction, English Language Learners
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Crowley, Julianne; Titmus, Morgan – Teaching Science, 2016
This article explores an alternative conception held by high school and first-year university biology students regarding the structure of the left and right ventricles of the heart and the significance of the left ventricular wall being thicker than the right. The left ventricular wall of the heart is thicker than the right ventricular wall due to…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Human Body, Scientific Concepts
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Fletcher, Sarah – Teaching Science, 2016
The first Australian National University (ANU) Science Extension Day was held on September 8, 2015. The ANU Science Extension Day is a project that was initiated by Theodore Primary School (ACT) and developed by Theodore Primary, Calwell High School, Science Educators Association of the ACT (SEA*ACT), and the ANU. The project was developed with a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Career Development, Elementary School Students
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Bale, Colin; Taylor, Neil; Vlaardingerbroek, Barend – Teaching Science, 2015
Diagrammatic representations are ubiquitous in science education, with students and teachers alike being firmly committed to their use. However, students interpret the visual data imparted by diagrams in different ways. In this study involving diagrams of cells, it was found that first-year university students apply various criteria to evaluate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cytology, Visual Aids, Measures (Individuals)
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Yap, Siew Fong; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2014
This research focuses on the use of ethical frameworks as a pedagogical model for socio-scientific education in implementing the "Science as a Human Endeavour" (SHE) strand of the Australian Curriculum: Science in a Year 10 biology class in a Christian college in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Using a case study approach, a mixed…
Descriptors: Biology, Ethics, Science Activities, Science Instruction
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Polyak, Steven – Teaching Science, 2014
Modern drug discovery programs require the contribution of researchers in a number of specialist areas. One of these areas is structural biology. Using X-ray crystallography, the molecular basis of how a drug binds to its biological target and exerts its mode of action can be defined. For example, a drug that binds into the active site of an…
Descriptors: Biology, Guides, Molecular Biology, Physical Sciences
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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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Morin, Olivier; Tytler, Russell; Barraza, Laura; Simonneaux, Laurence; Simonneaux, Jean – Teaching Science, 2013
In this article, we describe a project on reasoning about socio-scientific issues (SSIs), involving French and Australian pre-service science teachers engaged in on-line discussion and development of a wiki. In the research, we developed frameworks for looking at the quality of reasoning about "socially acute" sustainability questions.…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Education
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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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Alexander, Athalie; Russo, Sharon – Teaching Science, 2010
Capitalising on areas in which teachers feel most comfortable, the teaching of Biology, environmental education or nature to young children can be an alternative way of introducing and understanding Science. A "Citizen Science" program currently being run by the University of South Australia (UniSA) may be an appropriate starting point.…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Language Arts, Foreign Countries, Science Education
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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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Dawson, Vaille; Carson, Katherine; Venville, Grady – Teaching Science, 2010
The purpose of this project was to provide innovative and cutting edge genetics materials for 14-17 year olds (Year 10-12) in Australian schools, which aimed to engage students and encourage evidence based decision-making. In 2008, an Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) project called "Genetics…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Genetics, Workshops, Foreign Countries
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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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Milne, Christine; Roche, Scott; McKay, David – Teaching Science, 2008
Giving students the opportunity to extract, manipulate and visualise DNA molecules enhances a constructivist approach to learning about modern techniques in biology and biotechnology Visualisation usually requires agarose gel electrophoresis and staining. In this article, we report on an alternative DNA stain, Nile Blue A, that may be used in the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Genetics, Biotechnology, Science Instruction
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Eiser, Simone; Knight, Bruce Allen – Teaching Science, 2008
Increasingly, the general media cover new advancements and research in the field of biology. Stem cell research, emerging diseases and bioethics are some of the issues gaining public attention. The rate of increase of these new developments creates additional challenges to teachers of biology as they try to remain abreast of new information and…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries
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