ARLINGTON, Va.--(Scientific Argumentation in Biology will give high school teachers direction in developing students’ understanding of argumentation and evidence-based reasoning in the context of the biology class. These activities will help students learn to (1) propose, support, and evaluate claims; (2) validate or refute claims on the basis of scientific reasoning; and (3) craft complex written arguments. A Framework for K–12 Science Education has identified these as important skills for students to develop.)--The 30 field-tested activities in NSTA’s new book
The book is divided into three sections, with ten activities in each: Generate an Argument, Evaluate Alternatives, and Refutational Writing. Authors Victor Sampson and Sharon Schleigh have designed the activities to supplement a teacher’s existing curriculum. Teacher notes for each activity provide background information, highlight aspects of the Framework that are aligned with each activity, and identify the particular parts of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy that the activity addresses. A section is also dedicated to supporting the teacher in assessing student learning. Comprehensive and invaluable, Scientific Argumentation is a resource teachers can count on to help students learn standards-based content and acquire the habits necessary to become more proficient in science.
About the Authors
Victor Sampson is an assistant professor in the School of Teacher Education and the FSU-Teach Program at Florida State University. His research concerns ways to promote and support argumentation in the classroom. Sharon Schleigh, who has taught science at all levels, is an assistant professor of science education at Purdue University-Calumet.
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