Reinventing the Wheelby: Mihyeon Kim, Lori C. Bland, and Kimberley Chandler

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“The Wheel of Scientific Investigation and Reasoning” (Kramer 1987; Paul and Binker 1992) is a graphic representation of the scientific investigative process. The scientific process is depicted in a wheel rather than in a list because “the process of scientific inquiry can begin from any stage, and that stage may be revisited as often as the particular inquiry requires” (Robinson 2004, p. 791). For the life science unit discussed in this article, the authors used this platform to help students develop a systematic set of inquiry, analytical, and argumentation skills in science.

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  • on Fri May 02, 2014 12:04 PM

The authors of this article created “The Wheel of Scientific Investigation and Reasoning.” This graphic is a tool to be used in grades K-3 for units where students will learn big concepts, the process of scientific investigations along with science concepts. The wheel is divided into six components of reasoning. The article explains the use of the wheel for these young learners. This is an interesting approach that the authors claimed has been field tested to increase students inquiry skills, critical thinking skills, and argumentation skills.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed May 18, 2011 10:35 PM

I liked the wheel concept the authors of this article introduced to talk about doing scientific investigations because it represents the dynamic nature ofscience investigations. I could see it being used by a teacher in a elementary classroom to help support instruction in a science investigation.

Kate  (Louisville, CO)
Kate (Louisville, CO)

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