Presentation on theme: "Scientific thinking in a geological setting. The Tale of Two widely-reported problems from young children Making inferences from shreds of evidence Relating."— Presentation transcript:
The Tale of Two widely-reported problems from young children Making inferences from shreds of evidence Relating fossils to the organisms from which they formed
Message in a Fossil: Promoting scientific thinking in a geological context Plano Thematic curriculum Integration Project 2 nd Grade
Researching Learning & cognitive outcomes of working with MIF 2 nd graders in Plano School District Pre and post tests Knowledge questionnaires Interviews
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Major results Significant improvement in: Recall Scientific language Classification Inference Sequencing
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