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Ruddell, Nicholas – Teaching Science, 2019
This paper examines the use of social media as a collaborative and engagement tool for participants in a middle school science research project conducted over a three-year period. Sky Stories is a learning initiative that employs a blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge of astronomy to engage Year 5-8 middle school students in investigative…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Instruction, Social Media, Teaching Methods
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Lonergan, Robyn; Cumming, Therese M.; O'Neill, Susan C. – Teaching Science, 2019
Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a requirement of school science education in Australia. Numerous student-centred strategies have been referred to as inquiry-based teaching (IBT), resulting in a lack of understanding of the exact nature of inquiry-based science learning within the science teaching profession. This article describes three essential…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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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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Cross, Joseph; Garard, Helen; Currie, Tina – Teaching Science, 2018
DNA barcoding is increasingly being introduced into biological science educational curricula worldwide. The technique has a number of features that make it ideal for science curricula and particularly for Project-Based Learning (PBL). This report outlines the development of a DNA barcoding project in an Australian TAFE college, which also combined…
Descriptors: Genetics, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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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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Liston, Maeve; Hennessy, Niamh – Teaching Science, 2018
The aim of this research was to explore the use of children's stories as a methodology in the primary science curriculum. This paper reports on a pilot project involving the design and development of science lessons integrating the book, 'We're All Going on a Bear Hunt', with children ranging in age from 6-8 years old in two different primary…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Scientific Literacy, Science Process Skills
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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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Sharp, Lara – Teaching Science, 2017
The computer game sensation "Minecraft" has become a mainstay amongst school students of all ages. Anecdotally, at Geoscience Australia, we have observed that "Minecrafters" often draw comparisons between their Minecraft experiences and the real world. For some students, the line between reality and fantasy is blurred. At the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Geology, Teaching Methods
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Low, David; Wilson, Kate – Teaching Science, 2017
On entry to university, high-achieving physics students from all across Australia struggle to identify Newton's third law force pairs. In particular, less than one in ten can correctly identify the Newton's third law reaction pair to the weight of (gravitational force acting on) an object. Most students incorrectly identify the normal force on the…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Physics
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
Plants are often overlooked in favour of animals when teaching about living things. Focusing on familiar animals that share human characteristics helps young children learn about similar features. Examining plants for their differences, though, helps foster wonder. In the author's experience, children find it intriguing that plants need…
Descriptors: Botany, Elementary School Science, Young Children, Science Activities
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
Familiar toys can be used to scaffold young children's learning about basic physics as well as guide scientific inquiry. Teachers looking for resources to engage young children and develop science inquiry skills need look no further than the toy box. In this two-part activity, children first construct a Lego┬« car and use it to explore the effects…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Young Children, Toys, Physics
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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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Tho, Siew Wei; Yeung, Yau Yuen – Teaching Science, 2014
A Smartphone is not only a mobile device that is used for communication but is also integrated with a personal digital assistant (PDA) and other technological capabilities such as built-in acceleration, magnetic and light sensors, microphone, camera and Global Positioning System (GPS) unit. This handheld device has become very popular with the…
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Investigations
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