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Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists During Cooperative Investigations

by: Karla Tucker, Shannon Blanton, Heidi Adams, Tracy Voreis, and Frank Crawley

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To help students think like scientists during cooperative science investigations, the author developed the “thinking roles” strategy described in this article. Thinking roles make students responsible for asking certain types of questions during cooperative investigations. The roles include the following: Prediction manager, Evidence collector, Researcher, and Skeptic. They promote student discussion about scientific investigations, engage students in scientific reasoning with peers, and keep group members mentally and physically involved.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 4/1/2008Stock # ss08_031_08_26Volume 031Issue 08

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