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Raghavan, Neeraja – Teaching Science, 2017
Flotation is usually taught in Indian schools after students have been introduced to the concepts of mass, density, pressure, volume and buoyancy. This paper describes an attempt to teach the principle of flotation to a class of sixth graders--who had not yet been taught these concepts--so they could understand (and perhaps, arrive at) Archimedes'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 6, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Francis, Marj; Paige, Kathy; Lloyd, David – Teaching Science, 2013
Increasingly, children today are becoming disconnected from the natural environments resulting in a diminished sense of self, place and community. In an attempt to find out their perceptions, attitudes and values about the natural world, twenty-five Year 6 and 7 students from a northern Adelaide primary school participated in a nature-play case…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Case Studies, Grade 6, Grade 7
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Van Rooy, Wilhelmina; Moore, Leah – Teaching Science, 2012
This article discusses using students' analysis of media coverage of the March 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear events to develop their knowledge and understanding of geological concepts and related socio-scientific issues. It draws on news reported at that time, identifies themes in those reports, and suggests how this event can be…
Descriptors: News Reporting, Foreign Countries, Criticism, Scientific Literacy
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Symington, David; Tytler, Russell – Teaching Science, 2011
This paper draws on a study of the BHP Billiton Science Awards to explore the ways in which open investigation work occurs in schools. The research used interviews with teachers and students and state organisers to develop a picture of what happens on the ground in running student open investigations, and to trace how schools have built a culture…
Descriptors: Investigations, Awards, Science Education, Educational Practices
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Gwekwerere, Yovita; Buley, Jan – Teaching Science, 2011
Picture books can be used to teach children to infer, hypothesise, question, identify, explain and compare. By making the "invisible visible" preservice teachers in Canada explored ways to enhance the development of critical science and literacy skills through the creation of picture books in collaboration with students in Grades 5 and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Picture Books, Foreign Countries, Grade 5
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Carruthers, Rebecca; de Berg, Kevin – Teaching Science, 2010
Seventeen Grade Six students were divided into small groups to study the concept of forces in the context of magnets and their properties. The researcher, a pre-service primary school teacher, encouraged the students into conversation about magnets and it was found that, without hesitation, they talked about their prior experience of magnets. The…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 6, Scientific Concepts, Primary Education
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Rennie, Leonie; Howitt, Christine; Evans, Rosemary; Mayne, Fiona – Teaching Science, 2010
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Science Kits provide sets of science equipment, including worksheets and/or teachers' guides, and are valuable science resources for poorly equipped schools, particularly those located in geographically isolated areas. This paper reports an investigation of how four teachers in four different schools used an Astronomy Science…
Descriptors: Science Equipment, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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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
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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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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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Tytler, Russell; Haslam, Filocha; Prain, Vaughan; Hubber, Peter – Teaching Science, 2009
There has been growing interest in linking the learning of Science with the literacies of Science and representations. Recent attention has been focused on learning theories that emphasise the socio-cultural and situated aspects of learning, and in particular the notion of learning as participation in a discourse community. This paper will…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Learning Theories, Discourse Communities, Class Activities