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Price, Colin – Teaching Science, 2019
This article proposes an evidence-based and engaging approach to teaching the mechanisms driving the movement of tectonic plates that should lead high school students towards the prevalent theories used in peer-reviewed science journals and taught in universities. The methods presented replace the inaccurate and outdated focus on mantle convection…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Plate Tectonics, Science Instruction, High School Students
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McPherson, Heather – Teaching Science, 2018
In this article, the author describes a chemistry gas experiment that she developed with the intent of integrating inquiry and Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The lab activity follows the principles of Ambitious Science Teaching (AST). Teachers (1) engage students with important science ideas, (2) elicit students' ideas while making visible what…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Chemistry
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Low, David; Malik, Umairia; Wilson, Kate – Teaching Science, 2018
Large gender gaps in performance on questions involving projectile motion have been observed at high school and university level, even amongst high-achieving students. This gap is particularly problematic because projectile motion is typically one of the first topics formally taught in physics, and this may give girls an inappropriately negative…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Science Instruction, Motion, Scientific Concepts
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Gordon, Neil – Teaching Science, 2016
Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE) on the Sunshine Coast is growing rapidly. It has expanded from one inaugural Year 8 class in 2012 to the current state of play with the involvement of over 3,000 CASE students from eleven Sunshine Coast State High Schools. It is being taught by more than seventy CASE teachers with…
Descriptors: Science Course Improvement Projects, Secondary School Science, Science Achievement, Science Activities
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Scherer, Nathaneal; Cousins, Aidan – Teaching Science, 2016
One of the important questions for any educator is, "How can I teach difficult and abstract concepts in a way that connects with students' real life?". This is especially true in the senior years, when students are often confronted with ideas that don't appear relevant to their lives, are primarily explainable using mathematics rather…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 12, Secondary School Science
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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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King, Donna; Ginns, Ian – Teaching Science, 2015
Engaging middle school students in science continues to be a challenge in Australian schools. One initiative that has been tried in the senior years but is a more recent development in the middle years is the context-based approach. In this ethnographic study, we researched the teaching and learning transactions that occurred in one ninth grade…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Learner Engagement, Ethnography, Grade 9
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Hill, Matthew; Sharma, Manjula – Teaching Science, 2015
The ability to represent the world like a scientist is difficult to teach; it is more than simply knowing the representations (e.g., graphs, words, equations and diagrams). For meaningful science learning to take place, consideration needs to be given to explicitly integrating representations into instructional methods, linked to the content, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Worksheets, Teaching Methods, Educational Research
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Tang, Kok-Sing – Teaching Science, 2015
This article presents an instructional strategy called Premise-Reasoning-Outcome (PRO) designed to support students in the construction of scientific explanations. Informed by the philosophy of science and linguistic studies of science, the PRO strategy involves identifying three components of a scientific explanation: (i) premise--an accepted…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Science Instruction, Science Education, Scientific Concepts
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Moore, Simon; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2015
Science education involves students learning explanations of natural phenomena which are neither obvious nor intuitive. Generally, they have been arrived at and refined by years of dedicated inquiry on the part of large scientific communities. At the same time, these phenomena often concern the objects of everyday experience regarding which…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Bunten, Rod; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2014
This paper argues that, despite its difficulties, climate change can (and perhaps needs to) be taught rigorously to students by enquiry rather than through transmission and that such a method will enable students to make judgments on other issues of scientific controversy. It examines the issues and barriers to the teaching of climate change,…
Descriptors: Climate, Secondary School Science, Grade 11, Grade 12
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Kennedy, John; Lyons, Terry; Quinn, Frances – Teaching Science, 2014
Is there a crisis in Australian science and mathematics education? Declining enrolments in upper secondary Science and Mathematics courses have gained much attention from the media, politicians and high-profile scientists over the last few years, yet there is no consensus amongst stakeholders about either the nature or the magnitude of the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Science, Declining Enrollment, Student Participation
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Geelan, David; Mahaffy, Peter; Mukherjee, Michelle – Teaching Science, 2014
Scientific visualisations such as computer-based animations and simulations are increasingly a feature of high school Science instruction. Visualisations are adopted enthusiastically by teachers and embraced by students, and there is good evidence that they are popular and well received. There is limited evidence, however, of how effective they…
Descriptors: Visualization, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, High Schools
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Schouten, Peter W.; Sharma, Ashok; Burn, Stewart; Goodman, Nigel; Parisi, Alfio; Downs, Nathan; Lemckert, Charles – Teaching Science, 2013
The emissions of various types of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from natural and industrial sources are undergoing a great deal of scrutiny around the world. The three main GHGs that are of most concern are carbon dioxide (CO[subscript 2]), nitrous oxide (N[subscript 2]O) and methane (CH[subscript 4]). CO[subscript 2], N[subscript 2]O and CH[subscript…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Laboratory Equipment, Scientific Concepts
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Geelan, David; Louden, William; Wildy, Helen – Teaching Science, 2013
A variety of factors are associated with students' achievement in secondary school physics, including cohort size--the total number of students studying Physics in the school--and socioeconomic status. Earlier studies also showed boys achieving better in Physics, while more recent research has shown better results for girls. Statistical analysis…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Science Instruction
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