Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists During Cooperative Investigationsby: Karla Tucker, Shannon Blanton, Heidi Adams, Tracy Voreis, and Frank Crawley

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To help students think like scientists during cooperative science investigations, the author developed the “thinking roles” strategy described in this article. Thinking roles make students responsible for asking certain types of questions during cooperative investigations. The roles include the following: Prediction manager, Evidence collector, Researcher, and Skeptic. They promote student discussion about scientific investigations, engage students in scientific reasoning with peers, and keep group members mentally and physically involved.

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  • on Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:13 AM

I loved this article it was STUPENDOUS! I can't wait to implement this one. These are the skills that I work so hard to instill in my students. THANKS!!!

Nikki T
Nikki T

  • on Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:16 PM

This is such a good idea! Too often we focus on the logistics of investigations and not on the thinking that does/should occur. Great tools in the rubrics and the "job" cards. Only negative was that all the job cards showed men on the photos. Perhaps this could be overcome by selecting animals that we associate with these characteristics? Just a thought!

Cheryl K
Cheryl K

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