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Lonergan, Robyn; Cumming, Therese M.; O'Neill, Susan C. – Teaching Science, 2019
Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a requirement of school science education in Australia. Numerous student-centred strategies have been referred to as inquiry-based teaching (IBT), resulting in a lack of understanding of the exact nature of inquiry-based science learning within the science teaching profession. This article describes three essential…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Taylor, Neil; Taylor, Subhashni; Littledyke, Michael – Teaching Science, 2017
Students often hold misconceptions about insulation, largely because they put on clothes to keep themselves warm--at least in winter in the cooler regions of Australia. The following activity is designed to identify students' misconceptions about insulation and provide an engaging, evidence-based activity to help address these misconceptions using…
Descriptors: Prediction, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Foreign Countries
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Hicks, Sylvia; MacDonald, Shane; Martin, Ela – Teaching Science, 2017
The term scientific literacy is increasingly used by governments and teaching bodies, stemming from a growing international concern by scientists and government, who recognize the economic significance of developing scientific skills (McGregor & Kearton, 2010). However, in a society that requires students to be scientifically literate,…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Science Process Skills, Skill Development, STEM Education
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Hilton, Annette; Hilton, Geoff – Teaching Science, 2016
In many scientific contexts, students need to be able to use mathematical knowledge in order to engage in scientific reasoning and problem-solving, and their understanding of scientific concepts relies heavily on their ability to understand and use mathematics in often new or unfamiliar contexts. Not only do science students need high levels of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts, Problem Solving
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Bramsen, Neil – Teaching Science, 2014
In March and April 2014, the author travelled overseas on a 2013 Churchill Fellowship to study education programs that successfully engage and enthuse primary and middle school students in maths, engineering and science (MES) or science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning in schools, universities and institutions in the United…
Descriptors: STEM Education, School Visitation, Science Interests, Observation
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Horton, Jessica – Teaching Science, 2013
Children find comfort in stories. They are familiar, accessible and entertaining. By teaching science through narratives, we can provide that same comfort and access to scientific content to children of all ages. In this article, I will discuss how, through the use of narratives in science instruction, we can provide students with a deeper…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Narration, Story Telling
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Lim, Kieran F. – Teaching Science, 2012
The common question of why the tetrahedral angle is 109.471 degrees can be answered using a tetrahedron-in-a-cube, along with some Year 10 level mathematics. The tetrahedron-in-a-cube can also be used to demonstrate the non-polarity of tetrahedral molecules, the relationship between different types of lattice structures, and to demonstrate that…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Geometric Concepts, Molecular Structure, Teaching Methods
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Barlow, Tim – Teaching Science, 2012
"Chalk and talk" had been the staple pedagogical approach of my Science teaching practice since entering the profession. I felt that there was a great deal of information that I must impart to my students. My tried and tested way to deliver information to my students had always been simply to stand in front of them and tell it to them... So what…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teaching Styles, Teacher Effectiveness, Change Strategies
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Bertram, Adam – Teaching Science, 2012
Many experienced teachers make rolling out a science class appear to be easy. In reality, there is usually deep and complex thinking behind their practice. This knowledge is sometimes so intrinsic and part of their everyday practice, that it remains hidden and unexplored. This article presents data from a study that attempted to draw out such…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Science Teachers, Constructivism (Learning), Expertise
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Sandoval, Christopher – Teaching Science, 2012
Plain flour has a lot of chemical energy packed into it. When the flour is in a clump or pile it does not ignite although it may blacken. This is because there is not enough flour exposed to the oxygen in the air. Aerosolising the flour exposes it to much more oxygen allowing a self sustaining combustion reaction to occur when an ignition source…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Demonstrations (Educational), Teaching Methods, Science Activities
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Paige, Kathy; Lloyd, David; Zeegers, Yvonne; Roetman, Philip; Daniels, Chris; Hoekman, Brad; Linnell, Lisa; George, Ann-Louise; Szilassy, David – Teaching Science, 2012
This paper reports on a year-long citizen science project that focused on improving learning for students identified as most at risk of not succeeding at school. This project was one element of a broader university-based aspirations Initiative which aimed to engage students from low socio-economic schools in rigorous learning in order to increase…
Descriptors: Science Projects, At Risk Students, Science Course Improvement Projects, Socioeconomic Background
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Venville, Grady; Blair, David; Coward, David; Deshon, Fred; Gargano, Mark; Gondwe, Mzamose; Heary, Auriol; Longnecker, Nancy; Pitts, Marina; Zadnik, Marjan – Teaching Science, 2012
Excursions to museums and science centres generally are great fun for students and teachers. The potential educational benefits beyond enjoyment, however, are rarely realised or analysed for their efficacy. The purpose of this paper is to describe four educational enrichment programs delivered at the Gravity Discovery Centre (GDC), near Gingin,…
Descriptors: Enrichment, Museums, Foreign Countries, Educational Objectives
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Sandoval, Christopher – Teaching Science, 2012
This article presents a demonstration using methane bubble flame tower that offers a fun and relatively cheap way of demonstrating what happens when there is a density difference. Teachers can do this as a predict-observe-explain demonstration after the students have learned about density to extend their learning and get into some higher order…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Concept Teaching, Teaching Methods
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Teaching Science, 2012
The May event of I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! harnessed fifteen scientists in three general zones, engaging almost 800 students from twenty two schools across the country, generating 624 answered questions, 406 comments and fifty three live-chat sessions. (Contains 4 photos.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientists, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Activities
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Larkin, Damian; King, Donna; Kidman, Gillian – Teaching Science, 2012
One way to integrate indigenous perspectives in junior science is through links between indigenous stories of the local area and science concepts. Using local indigenous stories about landforms, a teacher of Year 8 students designed a unit on geology that catered for the diverse student population in his class. This paper reports on the…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Foreign Countries, Geology, Culturally Relevant Education
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