Science Sampler: Doing sophisticated science simply—Help students understand the nature of scienceby: Colleen Zeeff, Andrea Palazzolo, and Christopher Dobson

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We all recognize the power of inquiry-based instruction when implemented in our classrooms. It engages students and motivates them to actively participate in their learning. But do our students develop a deep understanding about the nature of science? Comprehending its tentative nature is the first step toward developing a meaningful understanding of science. Students can do sophisticated science in your classroom, and this article describes how simple it is to facilitate.

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  • on Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:43 PM

This article does a great job of presenting the "how to" on teaching how science is really done and the nature of science. As we get ready to roll out the Next Generation Science Standards, we need to remember and focus on teaching not just the concepts within science, but also the nature of science. In this article you will find a great explanation on how to turn student questions into inquiry based investigations. There is even an example provided. I highly recommend this article to any teacher of science.

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

  • on Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:49 PM

This article describes how to make casual questions (the why or what questions) made by students during an inquiry activity into descriptive questions (ones made by numerous observations.) The casual ones are often more difficult than the descriptive but the use of descriptive helps make the casual question more like conducting an experiment. There is a sample investigation provided in this article that explains how this can be done. This type of investigation supports the nature of science as well.

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

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