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The Pressure’s On

by: Frank L. Misiti Jr.

If the pressure’s on to enhance the growth and development of students’ inquiry skills, use a discrepant event. A discrepant event is a demonstration designed to present a situation or phenomenon that has an unexpected and sometimes very surprising outcome. This article presents a framework to help you develop science lessons that use the discrepant-event strategy adapted to the learning cycle.


Middle School


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 9/1/2000Stock # ss00_024_01_34Volume 024Issue 01

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