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ERIC Number: EJ779249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
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Curry, Kristen; Moore, Jerilou; Sumrall, William J.
Science Scope, v31 n3 p40-45 Nov 2007
When students investigate science, they model, imitate, and perform science much as scientists do. Learning science in this way is best, according to the locus of control research. Based on this research, students need to develop an internal belief that they can control science outcomes and become a part of science through their own hands-on investigations. In this article, the authors present an activity of developing a student newspaper. The National Science Education Standard "Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning" provided the inspiration for this activity (NRC 1996). By conducting investigations, students learn and retain more information when given the responsibility of discovering answers for themselves. A blend of the data collection/scientific investigation and science topical investigations, along with the production of the student scientific newspaper, makes an effective, integrated, and rewarding unit of learning. The goal is for students to publish two newspapers every nine weeks. This activity is advantageous for students because the science and language arts content they learn is hands-on and relevant. Students' investigations around recent topics and inquiry assignments are invaluable learning experiences. Through these activities, students are able to attain a true understanding of the nature of science. Furthermore, through students' scientific investigations and scientists' interviews that are published in the newspaper, they address the National Science Education Standard (NRC 1996) that relates to science as a human endeavor. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Language: English
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