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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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Tsuji, Takeshi – Teaching Science, 2019
The Australian Science Teachers Association offers an innovative international professional development program for science teachers called the Science Teachers Exchange -- Japan. The program offers Australian and Japanese teachers an opportunity to travel to the corresponding country, allowing the teachers to grow in their knowledge of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Science Teachers, International Programs
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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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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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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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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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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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Francis, Marj; Paige, Kathy; Lloyd, David – Teaching Science, 2013
Increasingly, children today are becoming disconnected from the natural environments resulting in a diminished sense of self, place and community. In an attempt to find out their perceptions, attitudes and values about the natural world, twenty-five Year 6 and 7 students from a northern Adelaide primary school participated in a nature-play case…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Case Studies, Grade 6, Grade 7
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Tomas, Louisa – Teaching Science, 2012
International assessments of student science achievement, and growing evidence of students' waning interest in school science, have ensured that the development of scientific literacy continues to remain an important educational priority (Tytler, 2007). Consequently, researchers and classroom teachers alike have called for innovative approaches to…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy
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Szklarski, Andrzej – Teaching Science, 2011
The purpose of this study is to explore and describe the essence of pupils' experiences of motivation in school. The empirical material has been gathered in Sweden through self-reports and focus groups and analysed by means of an empirical phenomenological method. The research results show that two constituents--interest and progress--are…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Focus Groups, Learning Motivation, Foreign Countries
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Ng, Wan – Teaching Science, 2010
By the age of seven, many children would have eaten jelly and many would have experienced its preparation by watching adults. This small scale study explores the use of different levels of thinking skills and language in discussing the process of jelly making among Grade 2 students. Semi-structured, one-to-one interviews with fifteen students were…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Prior Learning, Grade 2, Thinking Skills
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Elliott, Katrina; Paige, Kathy – Teaching Science, 2010
Many students arrive at high school with enthusiasm for learning Science but by Year 9 some students have become disengaged with Science as a subject. In an attempt to find out the reasons for this, thirty-five Year 9 students from five South Australian secondary schools participated in focus group discussions. This research unearthed a number of…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Parent Participation, Science Instruction, Grade 9
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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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Lake, David – Teaching Science, 2008
Science in rural and remote schools has received unenviable press around the world. The political and administrative spotlight has fallen on the inadequate physical resources available to rural schools (Hawkes, Halverson and Brockmueller, 2002), inadequate professional development (Howley, Chadwick and Howley, 2002), and the problems…
Descriptors: One Teacher Schools, Rural Schools, Rural Education, Small Classes