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Price, Jamie; Govett, Aimee; Davis, Misty; Ivester, Robyn; Howard, Teresa; Messimer, Lisa – Teaching Science, 2019
Project-based learning (PBL) is centred on a challenging, yet meaningful, driving question and culminates in a product that students create or do to showcase their learning to a public audience. Other essential elements of a true PBL experience include: sustained inquiry, authentic tasks, opportunities for students to make decisions about their…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Integrated Activities, Units of Study
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Smith, Caroline; Fitzallen, Noleine; Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie – Teaching Science, 2019
STEM education is becoming more common in schools and provides a range of exciting real-world contexts in which students can engage. However, a gap in most approaches to STEM remains the collection and use of data that can be used concurrently to develop statistical literacy and science literacy. This paper describes a STEM activity carried out…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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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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King, Donna; English, Lyn – Teaching Science, 2016
Nationally and internationally there have been calls for a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teaching and learning in schools to prepare students for the many future careers in the STEM fields. One way to do this is through engineering activities that provide opportunities for integrating STEM to solve problems using…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering, Grade 5, Foreign Countries
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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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Rennie, Richard – Teaching Science, 2015
The Australian Curriculum: Science for Year 5 includes "recognising that the colour of an object depends on the properties of the object and the color of the light source". This article shows how much more can be done with color in the science laboratory. Activities include using a prism to explore white light, using a hand lens to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Experiments, Science Activities, Color
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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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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