The Pressure’s Onby: Frank L. Misiti Jr.

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If the pressure’s on to enhance the growth and development of students’ inquiry skills, use a discrepant event. A discrepant event is a demonstration designed to present a situation or phenomenon that has an unexpected and sometimes very surprising outcome. This article presents a framework to help you develop science lessons that use the discrepant-event strategy adapted to the learning cycle.

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  • on Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:56 PM

This article explains how to effectively use discrepant events as part of the inquiry learning process. Research into learning suggest cognitive dissonance is a key to long term learning. The use of discrepant events is a great way to engage learners, flush out preconceptions and tackle cognitive dissonance at the same time setting the perfect stage for inquiry exploration. Additionally the author shares a fantastic discrepant event on air pressure and vacuums.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

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