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ERIC Number: EJ887504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Development of Students' Critical-Reasoning Skills through Content-Focused Activities in a General Education Course
Fencl, Heidi S.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v39 n5 p56-62 May 2010
Students in a general education science course made significant gains in scientific reasoning skills when they were taught using carefully designed hands-on activities and writing assignments. The activities required students to make use of scientific skills such as graphing, predicting outcomes under changing conditions, or designing experiments, and students were asked questions about the activities that required verbal interpretation of the scientific representations. Writing assignments required students to relate physics content into real-world topics. Students using such focused activities and assignments made significantly higher gains on the Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning compared with students using control activities and showed significant gains in their ability to critically read a science-based newspaper article. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A