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ERIC Number: EJ851739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
Frameworks for Making Science Research Accessible for All
Chien, Annie; Karlich, Lisa
Horace, v23 n1 Win 2007
Science teachers embrace environments that foster inquiry, discovery and critical thinking. Students do authentic independent research projects that put them in the role of scientists. At School of the Future (SOF), students must do four research projects, also known as exhibitions, as a part of their graduation requirements. Students are expected to do one of the required four exhibitions each year. Each student is assigned to a sponsor, a SOF teacher who acts as the high school equivalent of a research advisor, providing support throughout the process. Much like a college thesis, the students are expected to produce a paper documenting their research as well as present their work in front of a committee of teachers, peers and community members. The student's work is evaluated based on an established rubric. Because science embraces hands-on experiences, students are usually fascinated and motivated by the subject. Despite the instant engagement and buy-in that science research offers, students aren't always ready for it. Science research requires a set of specific skills and aptitudes. Science exhibitions demand that students have research skills: they should be able to know how to find resources, take notes, read critically, and analyze information. In addition, they need to know how to read and write scientific language. Ultimately, science exhibitions demonstrate that students have the ability to design experiments, carry them out, and analyze the results. Students should be able to pose a testable question, form a workable hypothesis, design an experiment, and be able to collect data. After all this, students have to make sense of their data and critically examine its validity in order to improve the experiment. Being able to accomplish this is a difficult feat. How can science teachers create a supportive and challenging exhibition experience without overwhelming their students? In this article, the authors give some frameworks to refine one's research exhibition program to make it accessible for all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York