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ERIC Number: EJ828726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
From Cookbook to Experimental Design
Flannagan, Jenny Sue; McMillan, Rachel
Science and Children, v46 n6 p46-50 Feb 2009
Developing expertise, whether from cook to chef or from student to scientist, occurs over time and requires encouragement, guidance, and support. One key goal of an elementary science program should be to move students toward expertise in their ability to design investigative questions. The ability to design a testable question is difficult for novice science students and requires teachers to support students by using concrete strategies. This article promotes a tangible strategy teachers can use to help students design testable questions for experiments and discusses how the strategy can be used to help students design their own investigative questions. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A