Science / Year 9 / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Critically analyse the validity of information in primary and secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS172)

Elaborations
  • discussing what is meant by 'validity' and how we can evaluate the validity of information in secondary sources
  • researching the methods used by scientists in studies reported in the media
  • describing how scientific arguments are used to make decisions regarding personal and community issues
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Evaluation,  Test validity,  Problem solving,  Literature reviews

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Sustainability action process: Sustainable transport (Years 7–10)

This learning resource guides students through an extended school based or local investigation. Students will develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning. Students work sequentially through the five steps in the Sustainability action process. Each ...

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Ecosystems

This is a unit of work designed to help students investigate and understand how species interact with each other in an ecosystem. Students examine interactions between the biological and physical aspects of the environment, including possible changes in population numbers, which ultimately cause a change in the wider ecosystem. ...

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Do plants absorb carbon dioxide?

Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air in the presence of light. See how an experiment has been set up to gather data to support this claim. Find out what data is gathered and think about what has been done to ensure the data is reliable.

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Daniel O'Doherty

This 5 minute video segment from Catalyst describes how a school student conducted his own scientific investigation. Daniel O'Doherty was intrigued to find out what was the carbon impact of travel to and from school each day, and what could be done to reduce this impact. His project won the 2008 Action Against Climate Change ...

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Syllabus Bites: Traditional knowledge and sustainable ecosystems

This resource supports students to assess how the knowledge and cultural practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is being used to conserve and manage sustainable ecosystems and a sustainable future. Numerous short videos and links provide a rich variety of case studies. A task, including marking guidelines ...

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Coral bleaching: threat to the Great Barrier Reef?

Scientist Dr Ove Hoegh-Guldberg describes the Great Barrier Reef as one of the most thrilling ecosystems on the planet. Discovering new things there makes him feel like a pioneer. In the early 1980s the sudden appearance of bleached coral was a mystery. Join Dr Ove Hoegh-Guldberg as he describes coral bleaching as a serious ...

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Treetop kangaroos

This ABC In Depth feature article includes everything you wanted or needed to know about tree kangaroos. This article describes their reproduction, classification, adaptations and issues relating to their conservation.

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Try maintaining your shell in an acidic ocean!

The shell of the tiny marine snail called the pteropod is under attack from ocean acidification. See how research into this and the Southern Ocean circulation tells us about impacts of climate change. In this clip from 2010, find out about this research and the Southern Ocean Sentinel project focused on developing an early-warning ...

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Mercury is released as coal is burnt in power stations

This resource describes research into environmental disease resulting from the heavy metal mercury. It is estimated 60,000 babies are born each year in the United States with mercury-related diseases from the burning of coal in power stations. World wide, this is a significant problem. Mercury also enters the environment ...

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Mystery disease: outbreak in Glenbrook

Investigate the spread of a disease in the fictional town of Glenbrook. Examine patients and match their symptoms to diseases such as avian flu, hepatitis A, Ross River virus disease or whooping cough. Decide which medical tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis. Identify how the disease is spread and places where the ...

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Tectonics investigator

Investigate the internal structure of the Earth using earthquake measurements. Examine the Earth’s outer layer. Fit the Earth's tectonic plates together like a jigsaw puzzle. Identify how plate movements produce many features of the Earth’s surface. Predict the formation of new volcanic islands. This learning object is ...

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Mystery disease: outbreak in Stratton

Investigate the spread of a disease in the fictional town of Stratton. Examine patients and match their symptoms to diseases such as avian flu, hepatitis A, Ross River virus disease or whooping cough. Decide which medical tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis. Identify how the disease is spread and places where the ...

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Environmental evaluation project: frog pond habitat

Explore why a frog population is declining. Look at changes in the pond over time: water quality, habitat loss and predation by introduced species. Build a food web for the pond. Model population interactions. Identify which species have the greatest impact on the frog. Build a report using evidence you have collected to ...

Assessment resource

Dugong dilemma: assessment

Assess your ability to test a hypothesis by investigating data and using scientific models. Select likely hypotheses for the decrease in a dugong population. Investigate the living things present in a coastal marine habitat, and use a food web to understand the relationships between different animals. Model the effects ...

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Tectonics investigator: Earth's structure: assessment

Test your understanding of the Earth's internal structure. Use animations and images to help you answer a series of questions dealing with the seismic exploration of the Earth’s internal structure and the structure of tectonic plates. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

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Tectonics investigator: hot spots

Identify how plate movements produce many features of the Earth’s surface. Predict the formation of new volcanic islands. This learning object is part of a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Tectonics investigator: plate movement: assessment

Test your understanding of tectonic plate movement. Use animations and images to help you answer a series of questions dealing with evidence of plate movement. Interpret data from magnetic surveys of divergent zones, as well as patterns derived from hotspot traces. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object ...

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Tectonics investigator: Earth's structure [ESL]

Investigate the internal structure of the Earth using earthquake measurements. Examine the Earth’s outer layer. Fit the Earth's tectonic plates together like a jigsaw puzzle. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects.

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Environmental field project: frog pond habitat

Find out how animals use a pond habitat in different ways. Answer a short quiz about how organisms are adapted to their environment. Explore a pond and discover four sub-habitats. Capture specimens for study by choosing collection tools which don't hurt the animals or damage the study area. Collect animals from a grassy ...

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The Circle: Antarctic issues

Explore how human activities impact on the Antarctic ecosystem. Compare opinions on climate change, the ozone hole and whaling. This learning object is one in a series of eight learning objects.