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The Science Concepts: Years 5-10 materials (print, CD-ROM and website) provide explanations to key concepts that are taught as part of the Years 5 to 10 curriculum. The explanations are supported by activities that have been developed over many years' experience with Deakin University science methods units, and have been used by students to plan activity sequences that explore and engage students' conceptions in a range of topic areas.
The significant amount of research into students' understanding of science has found a number of findings that include:
These findings suggest teaching and learning strategies that need to focus on conceptual learning whereby the students' conceptions are taken into consideration. The materials presented here provide lists of key concepts and related activities as well as lists of common alternative conceptions held by students. Teachers will therefore find this material a valuable resource when planning topic work.
The topics covered in these materials are: