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Whannell, Robert; Quinn, Fran; Taylor, Subhashni; Harris, Katherine; Cornish, Scott; Sharma, Manjula – Teaching Science, 2018
Australian science curricula have promoted the use of investigations that allow secondary students to engage deeply with the methods of scientific inquiry, through student-directed, open-ended investigations over an extended duration. This study presents the analysis of data relating to the frequency of completion and attitudes towards long…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science
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Tho, Siew Wei; Lee, Tien Tien; Baharom, Sadiah – Teaching Science, 2018
Trends in contemporary science education emphasise the benefits of out-of-school learning experiences to help schools link science with everyday life (Tho, Chan, & Yeung, 2015). With the help of state-of-the-art technology, mobile devices--particularly smartphones--have the ability to work as data-logging tools for students to perform…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Yasin, Ruhizan Mohammad; Amin, Latifah; Hin, Kok Kean – Teaching Science, 2018
Research related to the teaching and learning of 21st century biotechnology in additional science in Malaysia is seldom conducted. This study was carried out to find out the problems teachers and students face in biotechnology teaching and learning, and the appropriateness of the inclusion of 21st century skills, namely digital-era literacy skill,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Biotechnology, Foreign Countries
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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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Barlett, Luke; Cathro, Darcy; Mellow, Maddi; Tate, Clara – Teaching Science, 2014
In October 2012, two students from the Australian Science and Mathematics School and two from Yankalilla Area School were selected to travel to Olavarria, Argentina in order to compete in the 6th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO). It was an opportunity for individuals with a passion for Earth science to come together from 17 countries to…
Descriptors: Earth Science, International Education, Competition, Science Fairs
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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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Marrocco, Aldo – Teaching Science, 2009
This report is based on five years experience working with primary and secondary school teachers in Italy to develop organic farming as an activity for students. The tasks involved were intended to develop our students' environmental awareness, allow them to produce food organically and show that market gardening could be a productive hobby. In…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Secondary School Science
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Keys, Philip M. – Teaching Science, 2008
This study reports on the strategies that regional science teachers found useful when early career scientists--tertiary science students were employed as peer mentors in their science classroom with indigenous and non-indigenous Year 7-10 students. Teachers engaged in a participatory action research to define the role of the early career…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Mentors, College Students, Scientists