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Hume, Anne – Teaching Science, 2016
In an educational landscape of primary teachers' underdeveloped professional knowledge and low feelings of self-efficacy around science teaching, the prospects for science losing status in the primary school curriculum seems grim. This paper reports positive findings from a New Zealand research project designed to support and enhance primary…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Education, Foreign Countries
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Fitzgerald, Ange; Cooper, Rebecca; Sarkar, Mahbub – Teaching Science, 2016
Teachers are key to the delivery of quality science education experiences in Australian classrooms. In achieving this, there is a need for teachers to be better supported in thinking reflexively and critically about their practice. The Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (CSMTE) at Monash University took action to address this…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Teacher Collaboration, Science Teachers
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Carson, Katherine; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2016
This paper describes the development and implementation of a three-pillared model for teaching socioscientific issues: teacher professional development; curriculum resources; and classroom support. A professional development program and curriculum resource based on the socioscientific issue of climate change was trialled with 75 Western Australian…
Descriptors: Training Methods, Faculty Development, Teaching Models, Science and Society
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Campbell, Coral; Chittleborough, Gail – Teaching Science, 2014
A Victorian government initiative called "The Primary Science Specialists Professional Learning Program" is designed to tackle students' falling interest in science by investing in the building of teacher capacity. The aims of the initiative are: to improve the science knowledge base of all teachers and therefore increase teachers'…
Descriptors: Specialists, Instructional Improvement, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Instruction
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Evans, Rosemary S.; Rennie, Leonie J. – Teaching Science, 2009
This research described in this paper firstly explored teachers' ideas about scientific literacy using an interview technique. Secondly, using a longitudinal case study approach, it examined how, following their participation in a professional development program, primary teachers presented opportunities during their science lessons for their…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Case Studies, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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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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Kenny, John; Seen, Andrew; Purser, John – Teaching Science, 2008
This paper reports on the outcomes of a pilot project to support secondary teachers of science in rural and regional Tasmania. The pilot project involved eight regional schools and was based on the provision of a kit of materials and an associated learning program that used brine shrimp or "sea-monkeys" to test for water quality. The…
Descriptors: Regional Schools, Water Quality, Pilot Projects, Science Teachers
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Eiser, Simone; Knight, Bruce Allen – Teaching Science, 2008
Increasingly, the general media cover new advancements and research in the field of biology. Stem cell research, emerging diseases and bioethics are some of the issues gaining public attention. The rate of increase of these new developments creates additional challenges to teachers of biology as they try to remain abreast of new information and…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries
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Kenny, John; Colvill, Marj – Teaching Science, 2008
This paper reports on the results of a survey of primary teachers who attended a series of three 1/2 day workshops that focused on primary science activities concerned with two key outcome areas from the Tasmanian Essential Learnings curriculum: "Investigating the Natural and Constructed World" and "Inquiry." The workshops…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Creativity, Science Activities, Workshops