Are you interested in using
argument-driven inquiry for middle years lab instruction but just aren’t sure
how to do it? Argument-Driven Inquiry in
Physical Science will provide you with both the information and
instructional materials you need to start using this method right away. The
book is a one-stop source of expertise, advice and investigations to help
physical science students work the way scientists do.
The book is divided into two basic parts:
- An introduction to the stages of argument-driven inquiry – from
question identification, data analysis, and argument development and evaluation
to double-blind peer review and report revision.
- A well-organised series of 22 field-tested labs designed to be
much more authentic for instruction than traditional laboratory activities. The
labs cover four core ideas in physical science: matter, motion and forces,
energy and waves. Students dig into important content and learn scientific
practices as they figure out everything from how thermal energy works to what
could make an action figure jump higher.
Many of today’s middle
years teachers – like you – want to find new ways to engage students in
scientific practices and help students learn more from lab activities.
Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physical Science does all of this while also giving
students the change to practise reading, writing, speaking and using maths in
the context of science.