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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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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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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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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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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