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ERIC Number: EJ955985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Look at That!: Using Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to Develop and Enhance the Scientific Inquiry Skill of Observation in Middle School Students
Wagler, Ron
Science Scope, v35 n4 p58-69 Dec 2011
Middle school students can develop and enhance their observation skills by participating in teacher-guided scientific inquiry (NRC 1996) activities where they observe animals that tend to act in known, predictable ways. Madagascar hissing cockroaches ("Gromphadorhina portentosa") are one such animal. This article presents beginning, intermediate, and advanced Madagascar hissing cockroach (MHC) activities that develop and nurture the scientific inquiry skill of observation in middle school students. The author concludes that once this skill has been developed and nurtured, students can be further challenged by conducting observational and experimental studies using statistics. (Contains 10 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A