Making Sense of Data

by: Amy Palmeri

Providing opportunities for students to grapple with collecting and organizing data, struggle with how to represent and communicate ideas emerging from the data, and consider the alignment of these ideas with the science content being learned is reflective of authentic inquiry and supports the development of scientific understanding. The interdisciplinary examples described in this article illustrate how students can learn powerful ways of documenting inquiry while at the same time make use of this documentation to support the development of key scientific understandings.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 10/1/2009Stock # sc09_047_02_30Volume 047Issue 02

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