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ERIC Number: EJ1155861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Developing "Argumentation" with the 4-11 Age Range
Russell, Terry; McGuigan, Linda; Hamilton, Janet; Geldard, Joanne
Primary Science, n144 p28-30 Sep 2016
Terry Russell and Linda McGuigan of the University of Liverpool draw on their classroom research to offer their thoughts on argumentation, an aspect of "working scientifically," with contributions from two recent research collaborators: Janet Hamilton teaching 4-6 year-olds and Joanne Geldard teaching science to 10-11 year-olds. Between them, they offer a developmental perspective on supporting children's capabilities in this area. The developmental perspective outlined in this article confirms the progress children can be helped to make across the 4-11 age range, so that argumentation becomes an invaluable means of extending science knowledge. Rather than a skill to be turned on and off, reasoned discussion is better thought of as something more permanent, habitual, and constantly available--in children's social lives and at home. Insights into a more productive approach to argument may also be appreciated by parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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