Inquiry and Scientific Explanations: Helping Students Use Evidence and Reasoning

by: Katherine L. McNeill and Joseph Krajcik

This chapter describes the importance of scientific explanation in inquiry, common difficulties students have in justifying their claims, and a suggested instructional approach for supporting students in writing scientific explanations. It then discusses five instructional strategies teachers can use to support students in scientific explanation, including transcripts from classroom discussions to illustrate what these strategies look like in actual classrooms.


Type Book ChapterPub Date 1/1/2008Stock # PB216X_11

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