Monthly Archives: July 2012

Teacher Resource – Managing classroom discussions

cool – a Teacher Resource for Managing classroom discussions http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/Contexts/Fighting-Infection/Teaching-and-Learning-Approaches/Managing-classroom-discussions

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Food Science = meaningful science!

“…food can be a great vehicle for teaching chemistry, physics, maths and general science.” (p.15) “…NZ particularly needs a healthy dose of scientific literacy around food and nutrition. It should be about what food we buy and how we prepare … Continue reading

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“Blogging can enhance student engagement, participation, communication skills and understanding of science”

Alison Campbell asserts that “While there are some risks entailed in blogging, mainly to do with issues of personal privacy, blogs can also offer significant learning opportunities around the learning outcomes for the Nature of Science strand of the New … Continue reading

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Science literacy and the Science Media Centre

“For years it was thought that if you could just equip people with adequate knowledge about science, make them science literate so to speak, they would more readily accept evidence and factor it into their decision-making processes. Increasingly, however, that … Continue reading

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‘Correct science’ requires ‘correct grammar’…

Ian Shaw insists that “…we must teach our aspiring scientists to communicate well to diverse audiences because if their science is to be useful, people, at all levels, have to know about it.” (p.13) He sees the abrupt communication style … Continue reading

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Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate

In a recent issue of NZ Science Teacher (129) that I have been chomping through, Anne Hume advocates teaching science using “inquiry-based student-centered approaches” (p.42) but acknowledges that Primary school teachers in NZ are often lacking confidence in science and … Continue reading

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Using picture books to engage students with science

Mary Lovelace asserts that “Picture books can be used to engage students with science, and introducing the key aspects of investigating in science. They can be a great launching pad to help students to not only build a foundation for … Continue reading

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Science teaching is not about teaching science

“…a scientifically literate public is important for the health of a nation.” (p.27) “Science teaching is not about teaching science, but teaching enthusiasm for science….” (p.27) “The best questions come from young children, before they have lost their inhibitions.” (p.27) … Continue reading

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Scientific literacy

According to Billy McLune and Ruth Jarman, “science reported in the media is one of many resources to support pupils’ learning in science.” (p.5) “However, a number of studieshave examined students’ responses to science-related news reports. They suggest that students, … Continue reading

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So what is Science?

“We live in a world where science and technology are central to our lives, but often remote from our understanding.” ~ Paul Callaghan (p.11) “So what is science?” Professor Sir Paul Callaghan asks; “I like Lewis Wolpert’s view the best. … Continue reading

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