Archive: Preparing for NGSS: Engaging in Argument from Evidence, December 4, 2012

This web seminar took place on December 4, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Joe Krajcik from Michigan State University. This program was the seventh in a series of eight web seminars focused on the major practices contained in A Framework for K–12 Science Education, the document that will inform the Next Generation Science Standards, due out in spring 2013.

In this web seminar Dr. Krajcik talked about the seventh scientific and engineering practice contained in A Framework for K–12 Science Education: engaging in argument from evidence. First, he defined what it means to engage in argument, and then discussed the connections between this practice and the other seven practices. Dr. Krajcik offered strategies for supporting students as they engage in arguments, including modeling and scaffolding. He also explained how the practice looks in the classroom and provided examples. Ted Willard, director of NSTA’s efforts surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards, shared resources that can help teachers prepare for the implementation of the standards.

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To view the presentation slides from the web seminar and related resources, visit the resource collection. Continue discussing this topic in the community forums.

Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "“I really enjoyed the clarification between argumentation and explanation. It helped me clarify my own understanding of the practices.”"
  • "“The multiple real-class examples were very useful. I appreciated the distinction the presenter made between claims, evidence and reasoning.”"
  • "“This webinar was fantastic. I will be able to use it in the classroom right away and when we do a week long staff training on the practices in June.”"
  • "“Very good presentation. This reinforced why we need to teach using argumentation and help our students develop critical thinking skills.”"

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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  Joe Krajcik

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