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ERIC Number: EJ933507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Crunchier on the outside
Marks, Sarah; Ranger, Emma
Primary Science Review, n88 p20-22 May-Jun 2005
The benefits of using investigation for promoting scientific skills and enhanced conceptual understanding within primary science are well documented. ISE (2000) defines investigations in primary science as "the means of carrying out a fair test to explore some of the children's own ideas on how the natural or man made world works". However, a number of other types of investigation promote different scientific skills and conceptual understanding outside the "fair test" scenario. Investigations are also about observing, questioning, predicting, collecting and recording data and suggesting possible explanations. The authors set out to plan different approaches to investigating and to evaluate these in terms of positive learning outcomes. When they were asked to teach the topic of "bread" to a combined year 5 and 6 class (9-11 year-olds) they needed to plan activities that could be differentiated so that they were challenging and fun for all the children. They decided that the use of mixed-ability collaborative groupings would allow the children to take ownership of their learning, and provide a medium for airing, reviewing and modifying their preconceptions as well as promoting differentiation through the use of peer scaffolding. The authors discuss learning to plan investigations through activities on bread. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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