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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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Clark, John Cripps; Tytler, Russell; Symington, David – Teaching Science, 2014
There is increasing interest in collaborative arrangements between schools and community scientists to enhance student engagement with learning. We describe research in which we identify a wide range of such collaborations in Australia, and investigate through interviews with community participants their perspectives on the purposes of…
Descriptors: School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Science Education
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Morin, Olivier; Tytler, Russell; Barraza, Laura; Simonneaux, Laurence; Simonneaux, Jean – Teaching Science, 2013
In this article, we describe a project on reasoning about socio-scientific issues (SSIs), involving French and Australian pre-service science teachers engaged in on-line discussion and development of a wiki. In the research, we developed frameworks for looking at the quality of reasoning about "socially acute" sustainability questions.…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Education
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Hubber, Peter; Darby, Linda; Tytler, Russell – Teaching Science, 2010
This is the first of two papers that draw on a study of the national BHP Billiton Science Awards, a peak competition funded by BHP Billiton and administered by CSIRO. BHP Billiton, CSIRO and ASTA together oversee the strategic direction of the Awards. This paper reports an analysis focussed on the outcomes for students of participation in open…
Descriptors: Investigations, Awards, Partnerships in Education, Science Instruction
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Tytler, Russell; Clark, John Cripps; Darby, Linda – Teaching Science, 2009
This article describes the primary science practice of one teacher as a picture of exemplary professional practice. The teacher, Suzanne Peterson, was a colleague and friend. Her untimely death earlier this year was regarded by those who knew her as a tragic loss to education. As it happens, we have access to many sources of information about…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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Finkel, Alan; Pentland, Peter; Hubber, Peter; Blake, Damian; Tytler, Russell – Teaching Science, 2009
The Australian Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has funded a rollout of the STELR (Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance) Stage One Project to 150 secondary schools in 2010. Participating schools will receive, at no cost, curriculum materials, class sets of supporting laboratory equipment, two…
Descriptors: Technical Support, Laboratory Equipment, Secondary Schools, Technology Education
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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
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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David; Malcolm, Cliff; Kirkwood, Valda – Teaching Science, 2009
The paper reports on some of the findings of an extensive study undertaken in Victoria as part of a national Science, ICT and Mathematics Education in Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR) project. One of the significant findings of the study was the extent to which teachers in the schools where the study data were collected took responsibility…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Teacher Responsibility
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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David; Kirkwood, Valda; Malcolm, Cliff – Teaching Science, 2008
There is an increase in school-community linked initiatives in school science. A substantial proportion of these involve rural schools. This article asks the question: In what ways do these initiatives offer possibilities for better engaging rural students with school science? The paper draws on information from a number of school-community linked…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Innovation, Rural Areas, Rural Education