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Inference or Observation?

by: Kevin D. Finson

Learning about what inferences are, and what a good inference is, will help students become more scientifically literate and better understand the nature of science in inquiry. Students in K–4 should be able to give explanations about what they investigate (NSTA 1997) and that includes doing so through inferring. This article provides some tips for teaching students about the importance of quality inferences.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 10/1/2010Stock # sc10_048_02_44Volume 048Issue 02

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