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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.

Does the use of mobile multimedia devices in practical lessons affect the motivation of pupils?

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Till Bruckermann, Anne Diederich, Kirsten Schlüter and Hans G. Edelmann

Extract: An investigation into the effect of touchscreen devices in practical lessons on knowledge gain and performance of pupils ages 12–15 years.

Working towards evidence-based practice in science teaching and learning

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Rick Tynan, Robert Bryn Jones, Andrea Mallaburn and Ken Clays

Extract: The development of teaching techniques applied to a teacher-training course on enhancement of subject knowledge

Learning science through creating of simple animations in both primary and secondary schools

Issue: June 2016 361

Author: Jocelyn Wishart

Extract: Students’ and teachers’ views on creating simple stop-motion animations as a means of learning about a range of different science concepts.

Reviews

Issue: June 2016 361

Extract: - Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe John Hands - The History of Chemistry – A Very Short Introduction William H. Brock - The Chemistry Book – from Gunpowder to Graphene Derek B. Lowe - Science for Life: A Manual for Better Living Brian Clegg - The Science of Everyday Life: Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine Marty Jopson - Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science Richard Konicek-Moran and Page Keeley - The BSCS 5E instructional Model: Creating Teachable Moments Rodger W. Bybee

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