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  1. STEM Resources

    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research refers to experiments conducted to address problems in those fields that can be tested using the scientific method. The scientific method is an inquiry process used to systematically study, investigate and to provide explanations for observed phenomenon in the natural world. This method is used by STEM professionals to answer questions they have about important world problems and usually includes carefully orchestrating a situation that allows them to observe, measure and test their ideas.

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    Starting at A$15.00

  2. Essentials for Achieving Rigour Series

    The Essentials for Achieving Rigour series of instructional guides helps educators become highly skilled at implementing, monitoring and adapting instruction. Readers can put the guides to practical use immediately, adopting day-to-day examples as models for application in their own classrooms.

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    Starting at A$25.95

  3. Learning to Think/Thinking to Learn within the Australian Curriculum

    This revised edition of Learning to Think/Thinking to Learn features correlations to various strands and sub-strands from a range of Australian Curriculum subject areas, ensuring that instruction is curriculum-aligned and meaningful. Learning to Think/Thinking to Learn within the Australian Curriculum describes processes that can be used to infuse thinking into everyday learning through the application and explicit teaching of various models and strategies. These strategies will see students engaging in a wide range if thinking tasks regardless of whether they are working within defined subject areas or on units that cut across traditional curriculum boundaries.

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    A$32.95
  4. Brain-Powered Science: Inquiry Learning With Unexpected Results

    Thomas O'Brien takes 33 science inquiry activities higher by using experiments based on the science of a 'discrepant event' - an experiment or demonstration in which the outcome is not what students expect. While this book is designed for use with Year 6-12 students, F-5 Australian Curriculum: Science content descriptions are also included to illustrate the appropriate prerequisite work that students should engage in prior to participating in these activities. This thought-provoking text includes many up-to-date online resources, as well as extensions to each of the physical science, biology and chemistry activities.

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    A$37.95
  5. Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry

    How can you create an authentic learning environment in today's standards-driven atmosphere? Larissa Pahomov outlines a framework for learning structured around five core values: inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection. The framework is a guide, not a prescription, and middle years and secondary school teachers can use it to structure whatever content and skills their current school requires. The book also includes suggestions for how to integrate technology into inquiry-based education, but the principles and approaches it describes can be applied successfully even in places without abundant technology. Authentic Learning in the Digital Age is an indispensable handbook for reinvigorating teaching and learning for a new era.

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    A$27.95
  6. Even More Brain-Powered Science: Inquiry Learning With Unexpected Results

    This Australian edition of Even More Brain-Powered Science uses 13 inquiry-oriented, discrepant events to dispute misconceptions and challenge students to critically examine evidence, draw inferences and review their initial explanations with their peers. These interactive lessons use readily available, inexpensive materials to engage the natural curiosity of both teachers and students and create new levels of scientific understanding, and include links the Australian Curriculum: Science, including the rationale, aims, cross-curriculum priorities, content descriptions and links to other learning areas. Each easy-to-use chapter includes an expected outcome, an explanation of the science and science education concepts, discussion points, the procedure and a list of related websites.

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    A$37.95
  7. Succeeding With Inquiry In Science And Math Classrooms

    In Succeeding With Inquiry In Science and Math Classrooms, real-world lesson plans illustrate highly effective inquiry-based instruction as you learn how to engage maths and science students at all year levels; why students should explore a subject before you explain it; how to meet rigorous standards and expectations through rich, well-aligned classroom experiences; how to develop useful formative assessments and gather critical information during every class period; and how to create effective questions that guide students' deep learning and your own professional development. No matter what your experience with inquiry-based instruction, this book will help hone your ability to plan and implement high-quality lessons that engage students and improve learning.

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    A$32.95
  8. Diagnosis for Classroom Success: Making Anatomy & Physiology Come Alive, Student Edition

    By blending the power of story with engaging investigations, Diagnosis for Classroom Success will cure what ails your lecture-weary biology classes. The story set-up works this way: After conducting research at a rigorous medical school, your students arrive for their first day of hospital duty only to be confronted with four sick patients, each with a different mystery ailment. How can teams of student physicians come up with the correct diagnoses? By getting deeply involved in inquiry-based science as they learn about major body systems plus sickle cell anemia, HIV, pregnancy and diabetes. This Student Edition of Diagnosis for Classroom Success guides students while they examine medical records, form hypotheses and conduct simulated lab tests.

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    A$19.95
  9. Clones, Cats, and Chemicals: Thinking Scientifically About Controversial Issues

    If you want students to think - really think - about the science behind some of today's toughest controversies, this book will give you both the facts and the framework to provoke fascinating discussions. Clones, Cats, and Chemicals challenges students to confront scientific and social problems that offer few black-and-white choices. They're presented as 10 dilemmas from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science, technology and mathematics. Each question is presented as a two-part unit: concise scientific background and possible alternative resolutions for the teacher and a reproducible essay, questions and activities to guide students in debating and decision making.

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    A$9.95
  10. Science Fair Warm-Up: Learning the Practice of Scientists, Years 8-12

    This book, for Years 8-12, further develops the ideas about practice of scientists that were introduced in the first two books. In addition, many of the problems students will encounter are very challenging, so much so that the problems have been used with both Year 8 and tertiary-level graduates in field testing. As well as offering original investigations, the book provides problem-solving exercises to let students hone the inquiry skills to carry projects through independently. This revised Australian edition of Science Fair Warm-Up strongly correlates with two of the three strands of the Australian Curriculum: Science, featuring comprehensive practice in making predictions, conducting experiments and reporting results in every activity.

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    A$15.95
  11. More Brain-Powered Science: Inquiry Learning With Unexpected Results

    Thomas O'Brien uses 22 inquiry-oriented discrepant events to challenge students' preconceived ideas and urge them to critically examine evidence, draw inferences and review their initial explanations with their peers. More Brain-Powered Science is the perfect dual-purpose activity book for Years 6-12 science teachers who aim to stimulate and motivate their students while expanding their own scientific understanding. This revised Australian edition features correlations with the strands of the Australian Curriculum: Science, including various content descriptions for the science activities.

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    A$37.95
  12. Whole-Class Inquiry: Creating Student-Centered Science Communities

    Dennis Smithenry and Joan Gallagher-Bolos want to help you transform your secondary school science classroom into a student-led scientific community in which your students take ownership of their projects and mimic real-world exploration. Whole-Class Inquiry provides firsthand descriptions of Joan's aims and observations - and her introspective analysis - while she skilfully moves her chemistry class toward the ultimate goal of whole-class inquiry. Dennis's commentary and research affirm the value of the process. On the two included DVDs you can see and hear the subtle details and methods involved in the transformation as the class completes three different projects onscreen.

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    A$59.95

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