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Activities for promoting small-group discussion and argumentation

Simon, Shirley; Maloney, Jane; (2007) Activities for promoting small-group discussion and argumentation. School Science Review , 88 pp. 49-58. Green open access

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A research project undertaken with children in Year 6 was designed to investigate how children use evidence and argumentation in solving problems in science. The study focuses on four different activities that present children with a problem to solve and evidence to use, which they can discuss in small groups to make decisions. The study found that all groups were able to engage in the activities to some extent, but that good quality argumentation arose when children were familiar with working in this way, and when they took on positive roles within the group dynamic.

Type: Article
Title: Activities for promoting small-group discussion and argumentation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: science education. The article reports on four activities that can be used in schools to develop children's use of evidence in science. The article was peer reviewed. Jane Maloney contributed 50% of the article.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10000656
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