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Mooed, Azra; Kaiser, Susan – Teaching Science, 2018
Most international curricula require students to develop conceptual and procedural understandings along with developing an understanding about the nature of science. Moreover, science education endeavours to produce scientifically literate citizens capable of making informed decisions about the social-scientific issues in their everyday lives;…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Relevance (Education), Teaching Methods, Student Interests
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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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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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Hackling, Mark; Barratt-Pugh, Caroline – Teaching Science, 2012
Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and leading international researchers argue for more intentional and purposeful teaching of science in the early years. This case study of exemplary practice illustrates intentional teaching of science materials which opened-up learning opportunities in literacy and number. Student-led hands-on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Science Instruction, Peer Teaching
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Tomas, Louisa – Teaching Science, 2012
International assessments of student science achievement, and growing evidence of students' waning interest in school science, have ensured that the development of scientific literacy continues to remain an important educational priority (Tytler, 2007). Consequently, researchers and classroom teachers alike have called for innovative approaches to…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy
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Chittleborough, Gail; Campbell, Coral – Teaching Science, 2012
The prestigious BHP Billiton Science Teacher Awards are awarded annually to one teacher from each state of Australia. The awards recognise and value the time and effort that teachers give to the profession and to students conducting scientific research projects. This paper examines the Science Award scheme to identify the characteristics common to…
Descriptors: Awards, Scientific Research, Teacher Student Relationship, Foreign Countries
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King, Donna; Winner, Evan; Ginns, Ian – Teaching Science, 2011
In Australia, there is a crisis in science education with students becoming disengaged with canonical science in the middle years of schooling. One recent initiative that aims to improve student interest and motivation without diminishing conceptual understanding is the context-based approach. Contextual units that connect the canonical science…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Science Education
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Skamp, Keith – Teaching Science, 2011
The new Australian national science curriculum includes chemistry content at the primary level. Chemistry for young students is learning about changes in material stuff (matter) and, by implication, of what stuff is made. Pedagogy in this area needs to be guided by research if stepping stones to later learning of chemical ideas are to facilitate…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Chemistry, Science Curriculum, Elementary School Science
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Satterthwait, Donna – Teaching Science, 2010
From effective learning research, there is a general consensus that hands-on experiences help students to learn. The question that this paper seeks to answer is what it is about these activities that fosters student learning. In a review of the literature, three factors have been identified as making a significant contribution to this strategy's…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Cooperative Learning, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Murcia, Karen – Teaching Science, 2010
This paper reports on exploratory research that examined how students learn Science with an interactive whiteboard. In this study, the IWB was found to support a range of multimodal representation types including verbal, graphic, tabular, mathematical, pictorial and kinaesthetic. The affordances offered by the technology are discussed in this…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Classrooms, Technology Uses in Education, Primary Education
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Kelk, Joee – Teaching Science, 2009
A lecturer at the University of Queensland has developed an excellent model to give students an authentic, hands-on experience of ecological research. The first-year university students have been learning about biodiversity as they carry out the task of beetle identification. This partnership gives the students a chance to contribute to an…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Biodiversity, Ecology, College Science
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Preston, Chris; Mowbray, Lee – Teaching Science, 2008
This article presents the findings from classroom based research into the use of SMART Boards (interactive whiteboards) with kindergarten children. SMART Boards have been used successfully over the past 8 years at Abbotsleigh Junior School as innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning and facilitate assessment in primary Science. Key…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Bulletin Boards, Visual Aids, Educational Equipment
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Kidman, Gillian – Teaching Science, 2008
Of concern is an international trend of students' increasing reluctance to choose science courses in both their final years of secondary school and tertiary levels of education. Research into the phenomenon indicates an influencing factor to be the "uninteresting curriculum" (OECD, 2006) of school science. This article presents an…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Biotechnology, Biology, Foreign Countries