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Journal of Elementary Science Education

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 15–33 | Cite as

Discourse of scientific inquiry in the elementary classroom

  • Andrea Mueller
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Abstract

This paper describes the range of language used by groups of students while working with materials in several elementary science classrooms. Specifically, it examines how students use language in small groups to discuss, clarify and build knowledge about the science task at hand. Opportunities for students to work in small groups during science activities and to develop a discourse of scientific inquiry are important for student learning in science and for understanding science as a process. Listening to such discourse would further educators’ understandings about how students build knowledge in a group and about how to improve students’ understandings. What does a discourse of scientific inquiry sound like in the elementary classroom?

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Science Classroom Science Activity Scientific Explanation Killer Whale Elementary Science 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Mueller
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  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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