Innovative Science Education

Posted on November 26, 2005  Comments (0)

Great Scientific Debates

Teach History and the Nature of Scientific Inquiry, History and Philosophy of Science: Overview of Engaging Students in Science Debates.

To take students deep into the process of the development of a scientific idea, we needed to engage the students not only in the real world data and documented history, but also in the process of constructing arguments. Students worked in collaborative groups of 4 in order to write, film, edit, and present their historical scientific debate. In order to prepare them for weighing abstract concepts using available evidence, students learned much of their content through hands-on labs, as well as internet research, related to their selected scientists.

This is a great example of innovating in education. The students in the example were in5th grade at Turtleback Elementary in San Diego.

The Apple site has a great deal of information on the entire process.

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