FromInquiry and the National Science Education Standards, Chap. 2, pp. 24-27.Essential Features of Classroom Inquiry1. Learners are engaged by scientifically oriented questions.Scientifically oriented questions center on objects, organisms, and events inthe natural world; they connect to the science concepts described in thecontent standards. They are questions that lend themselves to empiricalinvestigation, and lead to gathering and using data to developexplanations for scientific phenomena.2. Learners give priority to evidence, which allows them to develop andevaluate explanations.Science distinguishes itself from other ways of knowing through the use ofempirical evidence as the basis for explanations about how the naturalworld works. Scientists concentrate on getting accurate data fromobservations and measurements of phenomena. The accuracy of evidencegathered is verified by checking measurements, repeating observations, orgathering different kinds of data related to the same phenomenon.
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