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Sullivan, Tiana; Slater, Ben; Phan, Judy; Tan, Amanda; Davis, James – Teaching Science, 2019
The present study provides an illustration of how m-learning may be applied in school science contexts while simultaneously evaluating the accuracy and reliability of mobile phone functionality relating to the measurement of sound. The aim of this study is to report on the use of mobile phones as data collection tools in the context of a science…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Jacobs, Brendan; Clark, John Cripps – Teaching Science, 2018
As science teachers, we often show animations and videos in class but there is the potential for students to create their own animations to represent science concepts and thus make their conceptions visible for critique and refinement. This encourages students to be active in their own learning, creating animations rather than just viewing them.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Scientific Concepts, Animation
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Hackling, Mark; Sherriff, Barbara – Teaching Science, 2015
Language is critical in the mediation of scientific reasoning, higher-order thinking and the development of scientific literacy. This study investigated how an exemplary primary science teacher scaffolds and supports students' reasoning during a Year 4 materials unit. Lessons captured on video, teacher and student interviews and micro-ethnographic…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Hackling, Mark; Murcia, Karen; Ibrahim-Didi, Khadeeja – Teaching Science, 2013
Video-based classroom research is opening-up exciting new insights into how teachers generate productive opportunities for student engagement in quality learning. This research reveals the extent to which effective teachers draw on a range of multimodal representations of science phenomena and learners must use these as semiotic resources for…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials, Material Development
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McDermott, Mark; Kuhn, Mason – Teaching Science, 2012
If students are to accurately model how scientists use written communication, they must be given opportunities to use creative means to describe science in the classroom. Scientists often integrate pictures, diagrams, charts, and other modes within text and students should also be encouraged to use multiple modes of communication. This article…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Content Area Writing, Writing Exercises, Writing Skills
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Cheng, Meng-Fei – Teaching Science, 2009
This paper illustrates a series of activities designed to encourage fourth to sixth-grade students to develop their conceptions of magnets. Through scaffolding activities and facilitation from the teacher, students will be able to generate, evaluate, and refine their explanations for how magnets work. Students can gradually develop sophisticated…
Descriptors: Magnets, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles
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Lewis, Elaine; Baudains, Catherine; Mansfield, Caroline – Teaching Science, 2009
Involving students in authentic science work is one way to enhance their interest in science. This paper reports a project in which Year 4-7 students actively participated in a study that involved the provision of a suitable nesting site for local turtles. The students collected data on turtle nests at the site and evidence of turtle hatchlings at…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6