Formative Assessment Probes: “Doing” Scienceby: Page Keeley

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The “Doing Science” probe from Uncovering Student Ideas in Science: Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes (Keeley, Eberle, and Dorsey 2008) can reveal some surprising ideas your students have about how scientists do their work. In order to build conceptual understanding that leads to a deep appreciation of the way science is practiced, you must start by uncovering the preconceived ideas your students bring to the science classroom. The “Doing Science” probe is designed to elicit commonly held ideas students have about the way scientists go about their investigations.

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  • on Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:07 AM

“Doing Science” is an formative assessment probe that usually points out that students believe that the scientific method is a specific set of steps that scientists follow and they also believe that all scientists do experiments. Page Keeley, the author, explains how to bridge the gap between what students perceive and what scientists actually do. One should point out that scientists spend a great deal of time observing things as well.

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

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