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Lonergan, Robyn; Cumming, Therese M.; O'Neill, Susan C. – Teaching Science, 2019
Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a requirement of school science education in Australia. Numerous student-centred strategies have been referred to as inquiry-based teaching (IBT), resulting in a lack of understanding of the exact nature of inquiry-based science learning within the science teaching profession. This article describes three essential…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2013
This activity is an example of a hands-on task designed to help children develop a scientific understanding of the concept of wind, use science inquiry skills and explain an everyday phenomenon.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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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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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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Yoon, Sae Yeol; Bennett, William; Mendez, Claudia Aguirre; Hand, Brian – Teaching Science, 2010
When using an argument based inquiry approach like the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) approach, argumentation between peers and with a teacher will provide great opportunities for students to experience negotiation of meaning in relation to science content. However, students do not automatically engage in dialogue and argumentation with…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Listening, Science Teachers, Teaching Methods
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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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Panizzon, Debra; Westwell, Martin; Elliott, Katrina – Teaching Science, 2010
Australia requires a flexible and scientifically literate population if we are to maintain and possibly raise our competitive edge for innovation in an ever-changing global economy (DEST, 2006). Central to achieving this outcome is a workforce of competent teachers of Science with the pedagogical expertise, subject knowledge and enthusiasm…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Profiles, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science
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Paige, Kathryn; Lawes, Heather; Matejcic, Peter; Taylor, Cathy; Stewart, Vicki; Lloyd, David; Zeegers, Yvonne; Roetman, Philip; Daniels, Christopher – Teaching Science, 2010
This paper describes what happened in four teachers' classrooms as a result of participating in Operation Magpie, a Citizen Science project. The range of strategies used to engage their students in observing magpies in the schoolyard and in nearby parks is the focus of the teachers' stories. "Magic spots", data collection, class blogs,…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Science Projects, Electronic Publishing, Data Collection
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Dawson, Vaille; Carson, Katherine; Venville, Grady – Teaching Science, 2010
The purpose of this project was to provide innovative and cutting edge genetics materials for 14-17 year olds (Year 10-12) in Australian schools, which aimed to engage students and encourage evidence based decision-making. In 2008, an Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) project called "Genetics…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Genetics, Workshops, Foreign Countries
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Fitzgerald, Angela; Dawson, Vaille; Hackling, Mark – Teaching Science, 2009
Effective science teaching is vital for improved student learning outcomes in primary school science. Therefore, there is a need to tease out the components of effective science teaching to better understand what effective primary teachers do in their classrooms and why they do it. Four primary teachers, each nominated as effective science…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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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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Oliver, Mary; McConney, Andrew; Maor, Dorit – Teaching Science, 2009
Mentoring teachers during their early career induction has the potential to pay long-term benefits in respect of improved teacher effectiveness and retention. To add to our understanding of mentoring beginning teachers, this paper documents the experiences of thirty-eight teachers in their first year of teaching Science or Mathematics who…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Effectiveness, Focus Groups, Science Teachers
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Sanderson, Aimee – Teaching Science, 2008
The technology surrounding stem cells generates great excitement amongst scientists, media and the community. For science teachers, this means not only embracing and keeping track of the rapid growth and ongoing development in this field but also tackling the ethical and legislative issues surrounding the topic. So what are stem cells, what is all…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Scientists, Ethics
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Klieger, Aviva; Bar-Noy, Tuvia – Teaching Science, 2008
The polygraph (lie detector) may be an ideal vehicle for converting aspects of a physiology course into an interdisciplinary course, enabling discussion of interrelationships between science, technology and society (STS) and social dilemmas arising from technological developments. The authors present a way of incorporating the polygraph into a…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Physiology, Laboratory Experiments, Interdisciplinary Approach
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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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