ERIC Number: ED534533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan-3
Abstractor: As Provided
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Supporting Grade 5-8 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science: The Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Framework for Talk and Writing
McNeill, Katherine L.; Krajcik, Joseph S.
By providing a variety of strategies, scenarios, examples of student writing, classroom video clips from across all science content areas, rubrics, and guidelines for designing assessment items, "Supporting Grade 5-8 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science: The Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Framework for Talk and Writing" provides teachers with the tools to successfully incorporate scientific explanation in their own classrooms. Grounded in NSF-funded research, this book/DVD supports middle grades science teachers with an instructional framework that breaks down the complex practice of scientific explanation into four components--claim, evidence, reasoning, and rebuttal--and provides concrete examples of what this scientific inquiry practice looks like when it is successfully implemented in real classrooms. Over the last nine years that McNeil and Krajcik have developed, field tested, and refined this instructional model, they found that incorporating this framework for scientific explanation into curriculum materials, teacher instructional strategies, and assessments enhances students conceptual understanding and improves their ability to think and communicate more scientifically by carefully analyzing evidence and backing up their claims.
Descriptors: Evidence, Video Technology, Educational Strategies, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Middle School Teachers, Inquiry, Thinking Skills, Instructional Materials, Hypothesis Testing, Student Evaluation, Communication Skills, Comprehension, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Teaching Models
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Non-Print Media
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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