ERIC Number: EJ1033012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Incorporating Argumentation through Forensic Science
Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Maeng, Jennifer L.; Smetana, Lara K.
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v51 n3 p67-77 2014
This article outlines how to incorporate argumentation into a forensic science unit using a mock trial. Practical details of the mock trial include: (1) a method of scaffolding students' development of their argument for the trial, (2) a clearly outlined set of expectations for students during the planning and implementation of the mock trial, and (3) an example of how to use questioning to guide students through the planning of the mock trial. While a general forensic science unit is provided in the article, a teacher can use the details of the mock trial with any forensic science unit for either middle school or secondary science students.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Crime, Persuasive Discourse, Court Litigation, Questioning Techniques, Planning, Middle School Students, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Laboratories, Student Role, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A