Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards—Engaging
in Argument from Evidence
This web seminar took place on December 4, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. The presenter was Joe Krajcik from Michigan State University. This program
was the seventh in a series of eight web seminars focused on the major practices
contained in A Framework for K–12 Science Education, the document that
will inform the Next Generation Science Standards, due out in spring 2013.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
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In this web seminar Dr. Krajcik talked about the seventh scientific and engineering
practice contained in A Framework for K–12 Science Education: engaging
in argument from evidence. First, he defined what it means to engage in argument,
and then discussed the connections between this practice and the other seven practices.
Dr. Krajcik offered strategies for supporting students as they engage in arguments,
including modeling and scaffolding. He also explained how the practice looks in
the classroom and provided examples. Ted Willard, director of NSTA’s efforts surrounding
the Next Generation Science Standards, shared resources that can help teachers prepare
for the implementation of the standards.
Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance
was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in
the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Graduate Credit Available
Shippensburg University will offer one (1) graduate credit to individuals who have
successfully completed NSTA’s Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards
- Practices webinar series. The total cost is $165. For information on the course
requirements, as well as registration and payment information visit www.ship.edu/extended/NSTA
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “I really enjoyed the clarification between argumentation and explanation. It
helped me clarify my own understanding of the practices.”
- “The multiple real-class examples were very useful. I appreciated the distinction
the presenter made between claims, evidence and reasoning.”
- “Very good presentation. This reinforced why we need to teach using argumentation
and help our students develop critical thinking skills.”
- “This webinar was fantastic. I will be able to use it in the classroom right
away and when we do a week long staff training on the practices in June.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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Underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York