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Ryu, Suna; Sandoval, William A. – Science Education, 2012
The aim of this study was to assess whether and how a sustained instructional focus on argumentation might improve children's understanding and application of key epistemic criteria for scientific arguments. These criteria include the articulation of clear, coherent causal claims, and the explicit justification of such claims with appropriate…
Descriptors: Evidence, Criteria, Persuasive Discourse, Educational Change
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Martin, Laura M. W. – Science Education, 2004
In recognition of the fact that science centers and other informal educational institutions can play a role in the reform of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, several major research and professional programs are currently underway. This article discusses one such effort, the Center for Informal Learning and…
Descriptors: Schools, Science Education, Developmental Psychology, Museums