Learning to evaluate scientific models

William J. Pluta, Luke A. Buckland, Clark A. Chinn, Ravit Golan Duncan, Richard A. Duschl

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The construction and evaluation of scientific models, together with the iterative modification of these models in response to evidence, constitute paradigmatic scientific practices. If inquiry instruction is to engage students in authentic scientific reasoning, these practices need to become routine in the science curriculum. This paper reports on some of the difficulties middle-school students experience in a learning environment focused on modeland evidence-based reasoning and suggests a promising scaffold to address these difficulties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-412
Number of pages2
JournalComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Issue numberPART 3
StatePublished - 2008
EventInternational Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a Learning World - 8th International Conference for the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2008 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 28 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education


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