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ERIC Number: EJ836063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Inspiring Future Scientists
Betteley, Pat; Lee, Richard E., Jr.
Science and Children, v46 n8 p48-52 Apr 2009
In an integrated science/language arts/technology unit called "How Scientists Learn," students researched famous scientists from the past and cutting-edge modern-day scientists. Using biography trade books and the internet, students collected and recorded data on charts, summarized important information, and inferred meaning from text. Then they compared their own methods of learning with those of scientists past and present. The results? The students discovered that "anyone" can be a scientist! Researching "how scientists learn" proved to be incredibly motivating to students and truly inspired them to consider science careers. This article describes their investigations during the six-day unit. (Contains 3 figures and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A