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Nash, Mary; Cox, Peter; Prain, Vaughan – Teaching Science, 2018
Creative reasoning and problem-solving are crucial to how scientists work and how students learn in school science. However, developing guided inquiry that develops these capabilities within a prescriptive curriculum has proven difficult. In this paper, we report on a study of a teaching sequence that aimed to develop these capabilities through…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Secondary School Science, Learner Engagement
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Prain, Vaughan; Waldrip, Bruce; Sbaglia, Rob; Lovejoy, Val – Teaching Science, 2017
In this paper, we report on a case study of how three teachers personalised learning in science through supporting a group of Year 8 students to engage in individual inquiry projects. The case study demonstrated how heavily transmissive teaching can be avoided by restructuring classes to optimise student group and individual work and timely…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Student Projects
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Carolan, Jim; Prain, Vaughan; Waldrip, Bruce – Teaching Science, 2008
There is now broad agreement that learners in primary and secondary school science need to know how to interpret and construct subject-specific ways of representing science activity and knowledge. There is also growing recognition that students are more motivated and learn more when they have opportunities to refine understandings through revising…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction