Argumentation

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This site is designed for primary and secondary teachers' continuous professional development (CPD) for teaching argumentation in school science. The ideas and resources on the site can be used by individual teachers, or by groups of teachers trying things out together and reflecting on the outcomes. Sharing and reflecting are good CPD processes.

Teaching school science often involves asking children to accept many ideas without the opportunity to consider why they are believed to be true. The use of argumentation activities provides children with opportunities to take stances justified with evidence, and to evaluate evidence that is used to support or refute different scientific claims.

It is important for students to consider why the wrong idea is wrong as well as the justification for the scientific idea. Engaging in argumentation provides children with a better insight into the nature of scientific inquiry and the ways in which scientists work.

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