We often think of science as exploration and experiment. However, classrooms that portray only this view of science fail to capture an essential feature of science—evidence-based explanation. When scientists encounter patterns in the world, they construct theories to explain them. This article describes how teachers can build a classroom atmosphere for developing explanations, and includes research results indicating that elementary students can generate viable explanations using scientific evidence.
Type Journal ArticlePub Date 1/1/2008Stock # sc08_045_05_60Volume 045Issue 05