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ERIC Number: EJ784365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Considering Context
Schuster, Dwight; Leland, Christine
Science and Children, v45 n6 p22-24 Feb 2008
Children's descriptions of commonplace objects and events of life are often limited because they do not provide adequate information about the context of their observation. Encouraging primary and early intermediate students to consider the context of an observation can further encourage them to generate questions about what they are observing and why it appears that way. This, in turn, pushes students to "use critical and logical thinking and consider alternative explanations. In this way, students can actively develop their understanding of science by combining scientific knowledge with reasoning and thinking skills" (NRC 1996, p. 2).
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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