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Gordon, Tom; Georgiou, Helen; Cornish, Scott; Sharma, Majula – Teaching Science, 2019
Smartphones are increasingly used in schools to achieve a number of educational outcomes; from developing measurement skills to enabling collaborative learning. When used as a measurement device in science classrooms, a few questions emerge. How good are the measurement capabilities of smartphones? Can smartphones lead to a more positive learning…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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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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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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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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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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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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Koul, Anjni – Teaching Science, 2017
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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Hicks, Sylvia; MacDonald, Shane; Martin, Ela – Teaching Science, 2017
The term scientific literacy is increasingly used by governments and teaching bodies, stemming from a growing international concern by scientists and government, who recognize the economic significance of developing scientific skills (McGregor & Kearton, 2010). However, in a society that requires students to be scientifically literate,…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Science Process Skills, Skill Development, STEM Education
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Raghavan, Neeraja – Teaching Science, 2017
Flotation is usually taught in Indian schools after students have been introduced to the concepts of mass, density, pressure, volume and buoyancy. This paper describes an attempt to teach the principle of flotation to a class of sixth graders--who had not yet been taught these concepts--so they could understand (and perhaps, arrive at) Archimedes'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 6, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Barlow, Tim; Fleming, Barry – Teaching Science, 2016
"Blended" and "flipped" pedagogies are becoming more common features of classrooms as the technological revolution continues. While the appropriate use of technology in the learning environment can serve to motivate some students, significant problems surrounding student motivation and engagement remain. As such, the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Hackling, Mark; Byrne, Matt; Gower, Graeme; Anderson, Karen – Teaching Science, 2015
Aboriginal children experience social and educational disadvantage and many are not engaged with schooling or learning, which results in significantly lower levels of educational attainment. The Aboriginal Education Program delivered by Scitech to remote Western Australian schools has been shown to significantly increase student ratings of their…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Disadvantaged Youth, Foreign Countries, Minority Group Students
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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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Hackling, Mark; Sherriff, Barbara – Teaching Science, 2015
Language is critical in the mediation of scientific reasoning, higher-order thinking and the development of scientific literacy. This study investigated how an exemplary primary science teacher scaffolds and supports students' reasoning during a Year 4 materials unit. Lessons captured on video, teacher and student interviews and micro-ethnographic…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Walan, Susanne; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Teaching Science, 2015
Research has indicated that both context- and inquiry-based approaches could increase student interest in learning sciences. This case study aims to present a context- and inquiry-based combined teaching approach, using a three-step teaching model developed by the PROFILES project, and investigates Swedish students' responses to the activity. A…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Models, Case Studies
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