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ERIC Number: EJ912453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
A Quest to Improve: Helping Students Learn How to Pose Investigable Questions
Sharkawy, Azza
Science and Children, v48 n4 p32-35 Dec 2010
Questions are powerful tools that are central to scientific inquiry. Given the importance of investigable questions to scientific inquiry, what can teachers do to help students learn how to generate them? Possibilities the author explores in this article are (a) demonstrating to students that we value their questions, (b) providing students with opportunities to explore natural phenomena, (c) modeling asking investigable questions and providing examples of question stems, and (d) providing explicit practice identifying and refining questions. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A