What argumentation strategies do students use?

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Episode 301: Baton Seattle Pacific University

In science we want to teach students not only concepts and principles, but also reasoning and argumentation strategies. Interactive classrooms promote scientific argumentation by inviting students to explain and justify ideas to each other. What argumentation strategies do students use?

July 2, 2018

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Sample Discussion Prompts

  1. What did you observe in this episode? Talk to your partners about what you saw.

  2. Are these students engaging in scientific argumentation? What makes you say so?

  3. The students in this episode make a number of claims. Go through the transcript and mark an X by claims that you find. Then discuss whether justification is offered for those claims.

  4. Some see scientific argumentation as the hallmark of “doing science,” as opposed to “doing school” (fulfilling expectations of what teachers and students do while in school). Do you think these students are “doing science” or “doing school”? Why?

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