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Mooed, Azra; Kaiser, Susan – Teaching Science, 2018
Most international curricula require students to develop conceptual and procedural understandings along with developing an understanding about the nature of science. Moreover, science education endeavours to produce scientifically literate citizens capable of making informed decisions about the social-scientific issues in their everyday lives;…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Relevance (Education), Teaching Methods, Student Interests
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Francis, Marj; Paige, Kathryn; Hardy, Graham – Teaching Science, 2016
An invitation to be part of a small research project with science teacher educators focusing on the Australian Curriculum--Science as a Human Endeavour strand provided an opportunity for professional learning in science for an early career teacher working with Year 1-2 students. This article explores how the use of students' photography of local…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Photography, Water, Natural Resources
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Crowley, Julianne; Titmus, Morgan – Teaching Science, 2016
This article explores an alternative conception held by high school and first-year university biology students regarding the structure of the left and right ventricles of the heart and the significance of the left ventricular wall being thicker than the right. The left ventricular wall of the heart is thicker than the right ventricular wall due to…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Human Body, Scientific Concepts
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Windsor, Sarah; Bailey, Jack – Teaching Science, 2016
Year 11 chemistry students from three schools in the Sunshine Coast Region of Education Queensland carried out a choice of five experiments aligned with their school curriculum on campus at the University of the Sunshine Coast and in their own school classrooms. Significant improvements in science learning were observed in student post-test quiz…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Science Experiments, Chemistry, Student Projects
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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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Lewis, Elaine; Bullimore, Hayley; Krupa, Amy; Gaschk, Katherine; Pearson, Jennifer – Teaching Science, 2014
Science expositions at the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC), Perth, Western Australia, have been conducted over the last five years (2009-2013) during National Science Week. These expos aimed to enhance science understanding in the community, foster partnerships for science and promote science careers by providing a scientific feast for…
Descriptors: Exhibits, Science Fairs, Science Education, Educational Practices
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Marsack, Peter; Shepherd, Lee-Anne; Bartlett, Anni – Teaching Science, 2013
Australia State of the Environment 2011 (SoE 2011) is a comprehensive review of the Australian environment, providing an independent and authoritative snapshot of the state of our continent. The report presents relevant and useful information to the public and decision makers to improve understanding of environmental issues and support better…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Educational Resources, Teaching Guides, Environmental Education
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Hackling, Mark; Barratt-Pugh, Caroline – Teaching Science, 2012
Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and leading international researchers argue for more intentional and purposeful teaching of science in the early years. This case study of exemplary practice illustrates intentional teaching of science materials which opened-up learning opportunities in literacy and number. Student-led hands-on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Science Instruction, Peer Teaching
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Geelan, David; Mukherjee, Michelle; Martin, Brian – Teaching Science, 2012
A quantitative, quasi-experimental study of the effectiveness of computer-based scientific visualizations for concept learning on the part of Year 11 physics students (n = 80) was conducted in six Queensland high school classrooms. Students' gender and academic ability were also considered as factors in relation to the effectiveness of teaching…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Physics, Foreign Countries
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Tomas, Louisa – Teaching Science, 2012
International assessments of student science achievement, and growing evidence of students' waning interest in school science, have ensured that the development of scientific literacy continues to remain an important educational priority (Tytler, 2007). Consequently, researchers and classroom teachers alike have called for innovative approaches to…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy
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Chittleborough, Gail; Campbell, Coral – Teaching Science, 2012
The prestigious BHP Billiton Science Teacher Awards are awarded annually to one teacher from each state of Australia. The awards recognise and value the time and effort that teachers give to the profession and to students conducting scientific research projects. This paper examines the Science Award scheme to identify the characteristics common to…
Descriptors: Awards, Scientific Research, Teacher Student Relationship, Foreign Countries
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King, Donna; Winner, Evan; Ginns, Ian – Teaching Science, 2011
In Australia, there is a crisis in science education with students becoming disengaged with canonical science in the middle years of schooling. One recent initiative that aims to improve student interest and motivation without diminishing conceptual understanding is the context-based approach. Contextual units that connect the canonical science…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Science Education
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Skamp, Keith – Teaching Science, 2011
The new Australian national science curriculum includes chemistry content at the primary level. Chemistry for young students is learning about changes in material stuff (matter) and, by implication, of what stuff is made. Pedagogy in this area needs to be guided by research if stepping stones to later learning of chemical ideas are to facilitate…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Chemistry, Science Curriculum, Elementary School Science
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Satterthwait, Donna – Teaching Science, 2010
From effective learning research, there is a general consensus that hands-on experiences help students to learn. The question that this paper seeks to answer is what it is about these activities that fosters student learning. In a review of the literature, three factors have been identified as making a significant contribution to this strategy's…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Cooperative Learning, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Hatsidimitris, George; Connor, Rick; Ginges, Jacinda; Wolfe, Joe – Teaching Science, 2010
"Glimpses of Science" is the outcome of collaboration between the University of New South Wales and four primary schools in the Sydney metropolitan region. A prototype kit on the topic of sound was developed and demonstrated by the team. This kit formed the basis for further science activities to be designed and produced in conjunction…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Foreign Countries, Hands on Science, Elementary School Science
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