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Using molecular models in Tanzanian science teaching

Issue: February 2015 356

Author: Jane F. Canning and Joseph Kyobe

Extract: Molecular models are widely used in chemistry teaching in the UK; how helpful are they in the classroom in Tanzania?

Using birdsong to support the teaching of sound and graphs

Issue: February 2015 356

Author: James de Winter

Extract: Birdsong can be used to provide an alternative approach to teaching concepts such as pitch, frequency and amplitude as well as graph drawing skills.

Innovative IP camera applications for scientific investigation

Issue: February 2015 356

Author: Siew Wei Tho and Yau Yuen Yeung

Extract: An account of some examples showing the advantages of remote observation of experiments at any time of the day or night using a camera that can be accessed via the internet.

Measuring the mustard seed: an exercise in indirect measurement and mathematical modelling

Issue: February 2015 356

Author: Amit Dhakulkar, Nagarjuna Gadiraju and Samir Dhurde

Extract: A simple teaching–learning activity using commonly available mustard seeds as an introduction to mathematical modelling.

‘String theory’ in science lessons: the investigation of a notoriously knotty problem

Issue: February 2015 356

Author: Robert A. J. Matthews

Extract: The notorious ease with which headphone flex becomes knotted provides the basis for classroom projects showing how cutting-edge mathematics and experimental methods can cast light on this all-too-familiar phenomenon.

School students’ emotions about exploring a controversial issue

Issue: February 2015 356

Author: Maria Evagorou, Christiana Nicolaou and Chrystalla Lymbouridou

Extract: A teaching sequence focusing on engaging 11- to 13-year-old students in a controversial issue and exploring their emotions about various aspects of the learning process.

Engage and explore more: using literature to enrich inquiry learning

Issue: February 2015 356

Author: Shakari Lige, Angela Falter Thomas and Jodi J. Haney

Extract: What can a science teacher do about their struggling readers, unable to comprehend the textbook material, and how can they challenge advanced students desiring more? Integrate literature into the science curriculum!

I’m dreaming of things that never happened

Issue: February 2015 356

Author: Peter Freeland

Extract: Teenagers of both sexes show considerable interest in dream content; various approaches are outlined that should assist interpretation.

Introducing ethical frameworks into classroom discussions of scientific ethics

Issue: February 2015 356

Author: Judith M. D. Philip and Angus H. Ferguson

Extract: Teaching scientific ethics can seem different to the normal right/wrong focus of science lessons; this article describes a simple way to approach the often-complex issues in scientific ethics.

Designing research-informed resources for more effective practical work

Issue: February 2015 356

Author: Angela Hall and Emma Palmer

Extract: A rationale and design process for a more effective approach to practical work developed by the Nuffield Foundation’s Practical Work for Learning project.

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