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Enhancing the chemistry curriculum: looking to nature

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Jeffrey Deakin and Raymond Cooper

Extract: The continuing relevance of organic chemistry in the modern world offers powerful stimulus to student motivation.

A musical analogy which helps to explain the wave-particle duality of the electron

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: John Baker

Extract: Could de Broglie’s revolutionary idea that an electron in an atomic orbit can behave as a wave have been inspired by a Himalayan singing bowl?

It seems our source has run out of alphas! The odd behaviour of some americium-241 cup sources

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Ralph Whitcher, Robert D. Page and Peter R. Cole

Extract: A summary of research into the odd behaviour of some older americium-241 cup sources, with advice on what can be done to work around the problem this causes.

Going with the flow: using analogies to explain electric circuits

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Mark D. Walker and David Garlovsky

Extract: Analogies relating to electric circuits can aid understanding but the limitations of such analogies should always be considered.

Nanometry education: ideas for teaching and learning nanoscale measurements

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: David Devraj Kumar

Extract: Addressing nanoscale measurements in science classrooms is explored with a sample topic outline, along with recommendations for teacher training and related matters.

Modelling scientific concepts in the school grounds

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Kostas Vourlias, Ana Leci and Fanny Seroglou

Extract: Forces, motion, electricity, atomic physics and wave effects can be illustrated using outdoor student activities.

Novelty, variety, relevance, challenge and assessment: how science investigations influence the motivation of year 11 students in New Zealand

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Azra Moeed

Extract: A report on what year 11 students in a New Zealand secondary school say about their motivation to learn by doing science investigation; teachers may find student perspective candid and insightful.

Developing teaching with an explicit focus on scientific thinking

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Keith S. Taber, Kenneth Ruthven, Neil Mercer, Fran Riga, Stefanie Luthman and Riikka Hofmann

Extract: A teaching module to introduce students to a feature of the nature of science (analogies and models) through learning about a curriculum topic (electricity) was developed and field tested.

Using advertising as a teaching and learning medium in the science classroom

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Nadja Belova, Fiona Affeldt and Ingo Eilks

Extract: In our everyday lives we are surrounded by advertising that often contains scientific information; as a contribution to media literacy, this article suggests some ideas for incorporating advertising-based activities into the science classroom.

The validity of the GCSE (age 16+) examination

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Robert Fairbrother

Extract: A reflection on the validity of the new GCSE examinations being introduced in England.

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