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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 The methods presented replace the inaccurate and outdated focus on mantle convection…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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Lim, Kieran F.; Long, John M.; White, Peta J.; Bentley, Ian D. – Teaching Science, 2019
The Advancing Science and Engineering through Laboratory Learning (ASELL) for Schools program has been instrumental in getting schools across Australia to reconsider the effectiveness of the laboratory learning activity (LLA) in science education. In Victoria, the ASELL for Schools project has collaborated with another nationally funded program,…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach
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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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Rizik, Nadya; Taylor, Subhashni; Taylor, Neil; Sharma, Manjula – Teaching Science, 2018
Energy is one of the most complex yet central concepts taught in schools and is featured in the Australian Science Curriculum, as one of the six key organising ideas (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), 2015). The literature portrays a multitude of complications associated with teaching energy (see Millar, 2005 for a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Energy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Dale, Keith; Dale, Stephen G. – Teaching Science, 2018
The Australian Curriculum (n.d.) describes chemistry as having three interrelated strands, Science Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Understanding. It also states "... the three strands of the Australian Curriculum: Science should be taught in an integrated way". This article will explore a model for integrating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Chemistry
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Teaching Science, 2017
EngQuest, an initiative of Engineers Australia, provides an exciting, non-competitive way for students to participate in free, fun and educational engineering activities involving mathematics, science and technology. This article describes a project designed to teach middle school students how to construct a water catchment system. Water…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, STEM Education, Water
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Gozzard, David – Teaching Science, 2017
Australian company Antarctica Flights runs summer sightseeing trips out of Australian capital cities to tour the Antarctic coast. The Laby Foundation of the University of Melbourne, through its "Classroom Antarctica" program, sponsored Kent Street High School science teacher, Ms Suzy Urbaniak and 18 of her students to take the trip, to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Tourism, Higher Education, Secondary School Teachers
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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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Hueppauff, Sonia – Teaching Science, 2016
This article describes key facets of the Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE), a curriculum that emerged in the United Kingdom, enabling teachers to accelerate the process of cognitive development so that more students could attain the higher-order thinking skills (formal operational thinking) required (Lecky, 2012). CASE, also…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills
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Massalha, Taha – Teaching Science, 2016
The "burning candle" experiment is used in middle school education programs to prove that air contains a component that is essential to burning (i.e., oxygen). The accepted interpretation taught by teachers in middle school is this: when burning occurs, oxygen is used up, creating an underpressure that causes a rise in water level inside…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Middle Schools, Secondary School Science, Scientific Concepts
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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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Kin, Ng Hong; Ling, Tan Aik – Teaching Science, 2016
The concept of specificity of enzyme action can potentially be abstract for some students as they fail to appreciate how the three-dimensional configuration of enzymes and the active sites confer perfect fit for specific substrates. In science text books, the specificity of enzyme-substrate binding is typically likened to the action of a lock and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Models
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McRae, Mike – Teaching Science, 2015
This article is written for primary and high school students, and provides a way to introduce kids to science and the concept of gravity.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science
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Bryce, Alisa – Teaching Science, 2015
Soil science, though relevant to a variety of subjects including science, geography, mathematics, social sciences and history, is typically perceived as a subgenre of agriculture. With a global need for soil scientists, and declining numbers in university soil courses, there's a growing gap between science needs and providers. One way to promote…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Soil Science, Integrated Curriculum, Science Course Improvement Projects
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Polyak, Steven – Teaching Science, 2014
Modern drug discovery programs require the contribution of researchers in a number of specialist areas. One of these areas is structural biology. Using X-ray crystallography, the molecular basis of how a drug binds to its biological target and exerts its mode of action can be defined. For example, a drug that binds into the active site of an…
Descriptors: Biology, Guides, Molecular Biology, Physical Sciences
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