Discussion Maps Make Sense!

Enfield, Mark
January 2007
Science & Children;Jan2007, Vol. 44 Issue 5, p46
Academic Journal
The article focuses on how to guide students through open-ended discussions which can help develop their understanding of the nature of science. A discussion map is an effective tool to gain insight into student learning. It is a graphic timeline created by the teacher on which a discussion is recorded. Educators have identified discussions as consistent with reform recommendations in that they help children learn about the nature of science. Discussions provide students who struggle in reading and writing a chance to participate more actively in class and create situations where students can express their ideas differently than in traditional school tasks.


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