Scientific Argumentation in the Science Classroom
Scientific argumentation is an important practice in science. Scientists engage in scientific argumentation in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a line of reasoning and to develop better explanations for a natural phenomenon. Scientists also engage in scientific argumentation to defend their explanations, critique the ideas of others, formulate evidence based on a solid foundation of data, examine their own understanding in light of the available evidence, and when collaborating with peers. Unfortunately, opportunities for students to learn how to participate in this important but complex scientific practice are rare in science classrooms. Our instructional models provide teachers with a way to make scientific argumentation a signature feature in the teaching and learning of science.
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