Academic journal article Teaching Science

Editorial

Academic journal article Teaching Science

Editorial

Article excerpt

I've thoroughly enjoyed working on this issue of Teaching Science. It has a really good mix of practical, hands-on activities for the classroom, well-written research papers, and the latest news from ASTA about our programs and activities for science teachers and students. This blend of content helps Teaching Science achieve its aim: to promote the teaching of science in all Australian schools, with a focus on classroom practice.

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The two practical, hands-on activities are well supported with images and curriculum links. While each article targets, and is written for, a different level of schooling, they both provide enough information to inspire teachers to think about possible extension work. Both activities encourage natural curiosity and promote scientific thinking in students, and both activities can be adapted to other levels, depending on the skills and knowledge of the students concerned.

The three school-based research papers explore common, though challenging, issues in science teaching across different classroom contexts: the development of misconceptions in physics and teaching strategies to overcome them; the development of higher-order thinking skills (informal reasoning) and how to help students exercise reasoned judgement and make sound decisions; and how to address declining interest in the sciences (and increase interest in agricultural careers in rural students). …

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