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ERIC Number: EJ931359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Asking the Right Questions: Developing Children's Questioning Skills and Knowing How to Answer!
Wardle, Chris
Primary Science Review, n83 p11-13 May-Jun 2004
Increasingly, teaching assistants and parents are engaging with children across the curriculum in group-led activities. However, whereas in literacy and numeracy the outcome of activities is predetermined and the same objectives and teaching points are reinforced over a week or a fortnight, in science things can be very different. Helpers often come to a topic area "cold", as "We didn't do that when I was at school", but, with one isolated lesson a week, every adult involved must make the most of the valuable science teaching time. The outcome of an investigation may not be obvious, the vocabulary to be used may not be familiar and, worst of all, the children may be full of scientific questions one really does not know how to answer! This article provides some practical steps and pointers to use when assisting with group activities in order to stimulate the right questions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A