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ERIC Number: EJ778974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Methods & Strategies: Developing Investigative Skills Purposefully
Pellathy, Stephen L.; Paul, John; Cartier, Jennifer L.; Wittfeldt, Claudia
Science and Children, v45 n3 p46-49 Nov 2007
Members of a team of educators and university students participating in the project, Pittsburgh Partnership for Energizing Science in Urban Schools, addressed the issue of helping students develop investigative skills within the context of an introductory science unit for fourth graders. The unit focuses on data-collection techniques and is a component of the district's required curriculum. It contains four hands-on investigations, each involving a different technique: rubbing, carbon printing, chromatography, and reflecting. The approach described here can be used as a model to transform the skills learned in a science classroom from general to investigative ones. (Contains 2 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A