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ERIC Number: EJ789650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Using POE Centers
Rios, Jose M.
Science Scope, v25 n8 p26-29 May 2002
Inquiry. It's a word that every teacher has heard repeatedly since the publication of the National Science Education Standards. Given the challenges of teaching core content, preparing students for inquiry may seem like a daunting task. Yet there are many different approaches to inquiry. Examining the nature of the scientific method and reducing it to its core processes is key to integrating inquiry into science instruction. One model that addresses this issue is the "3P's." Coined by Peterson and Jungck (1988), the 3 P's stand for Posing, Probing, and Persuasion. In short, the 3 P's approach is a model for teaching science inquiry. Teachers create activities that allow students to pose questions, design procedures to probe these questions, and gather evidence to persuade their peers of their findings. The author finds the 3 P's very effective because they represent the complexity of the scientific method in simple language. The 3 P's also promote the notion of the cyclical nature of scientific inquiry, where skills such as observation and analysis are involved in all parts of the process. In this paper, the author would like to explore a strategy for using the 3 P's in science instruction--The POE center. POE stands for Predict, Observe, and Explain. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington