Reading Your Way to Scientific Literacyby: Elena Levine

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Having students read and analyze scientific articles gives them an understanding of scientific information as presented in the literature. After studying classic and recent research articles, students answer homework questions, individually and in groups, that stress higher-order thinking. Modifying this technique in a jigsaw approach also lets students debate their perspectives on the research articles.

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  • on Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:52 AM

The author describes how to use the jigsaw instructional method to immerse students in reading and discussing relevant articles. She acknowledges the difficulty of finding time to conduct such activities amidst a packed curriculum, and offers meaningful suggestions for streamlining the activity. The inclusion of this type of activity will help students to learn how to analyze graphs and draw their own conclusions---activities all scientists perform. The article falls short of clearly explaining how teacher observation translates into student grades.

Patricia  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia (Pottstown, PA)

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