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Fernando, Primani; Cooper, Rebecca – Teaching Science, 2017
This paper provides a brief introduction to teaching strategies that can be used to support English as Additional Language (EAL) students in learning biology terminology. The paper begins with an overview of EAL students and considers the difficulties that they may face in the classroom along with the challenges that mainstream teachers may have…
Descriptors: Biology, Vocabulary, Science Instruction, English Language Learners
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Wegner, Claas; Gröben, Bernd; Berning, Nane; Tönnesmann, Nora – Teaching Science, 2017
Interdisciplinary teaching is a teaching method that is not as easy as other teaching methods to integrate into the everyday school schedule. This paper serves as an example and gives explanations on how this didactic approach can be applied. The lessons described were conducted successfully with a Year 11 class at a secondary school in which the…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Athletes, Teaching Methods, Grade 11
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Yap, Siew Fong; Dawson, Vaille – Teaching Science, 2014
This research focuses on the use of ethical frameworks as a pedagogical model for socio-scientific education in implementing the "Science as a Human Endeavour" (SHE) strand of the Australian Curriculum: Science in a Year 10 biology class in a Christian college in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Using a case study approach, a mixed…
Descriptors: Biology, Ethics, Science Activities, Science Instruction
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Short, Daniel – Teaching Science, 2012
Minecraft is a multiplayer sandbox video game based in a virtual world modeled on the real world. Players are able to build and craft everyday items using blocks. The cubic geometry of Minecraft lends itself to the teaching of various academic subjects. Minecraft also has a functioning ecology, with chemistry and physics aspects interwoven within…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Technology, Simulation, Scientific Concepts
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Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2011
A tenth grade class in an international school studied evolution for four weeks as part of the study of Biology. A diagnostic test was used to determine the main misconceptions students have as they come to the study of evolution. This was followed by a series of explorations of different conceptual models to account for evolution, structured…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Evolution, Action Research, Diagnostic Tests
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VanRooy, Wilhelmina; Sultana, Khalida – Teaching Science, 2010
This article describes a simple, inexpensive, easy to conduct gel-electrophoresis activity using food dyes. It is an alternative to the more expensive counterparts which require agarose gel, DNA samples, purchased chamber and Tris-borate-EDTA buffer. We suggest some learning activities for senior biology students along with comments on several…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Learning Activities
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Williams, Jenni-Lea – Teaching Science, 2009
Educators are increasingly looking to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as a means of enhancing student learning. The New Life Sciences (NLS) is a domain where complex and often abstract concepts must be communicated from a scientific perspective and understood by the student in terms of their underlying implications. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Misconceptions, Evolution
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Bauer, Adriana – Teaching Science, 2009
This article evaluates three online educational resources on the Queensland Museum website in terms of their use of ICTs in science education; how they relate to the Queensland Middle School Science Curriculum and the Senior Biology, Marine Studies, Science 21 syllabuses; their visual appeal and level of student engagement; the appropriateness of…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Museums, Scientific Literacy, Science Education
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Chong, Cordelia – Teaching Science, 2009
When students make the transition from one curriculum to another, with significant overlap of content, the challenge is not so much to impart new information but rather to tap into students' existing knowledge base. The purpose of this study was to determine if achievement in an external examination that requires analysis could be enhanced by the…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Foreign Countries, Biology, Science Achievement
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Milne, Christine; Roche, Scott; McKay, David – Teaching Science, 2008
Giving students the opportunity to extract, manipulate and visualise DNA molecules enhances a constructivist approach to learning about modern techniques in biology and biotechnology Visualisation usually requires agarose gel electrophoresis and staining. In this article, we report on an alternative DNA stain, Nile Blue A, that may be used in the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Genetics, Biotechnology, Science Instruction
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Venville, Grady – Teaching Science, 2008
In May 2007 an issue of the "Australian Education Review" was released reporting on the state of science education in Australia. The report argued that we are in the advanced stages of a crisis in school science that threatens the future of Australia as a technologically advanced nation, and we need to change the way we think about the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Enrollment