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From Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards , Chap. 2, pp. 24-27. Essential Features of Classroom Inquiry 1. Learners are engaged by scientifically oriented questions. Scientifically oriented questions center on objects, organisms, and events in the natural world; they connect to the science concepts described in the content standards. They are questions that lend themselves to empirical investigation, and lead to gathering and using data to develop explanations for scientific phenomena. 2. Learners give priority to evidence, which allows them to develop and evaluate explanations. Science distinguishes itself from other ways of knowing through the use of empirical evidence as the basis for explanations about how the natural world works. Scientists concentrate on getting accurate data from observations and measurements of phenomena. The accuracy of evidence gathered is verified by checking measurements, repeating observations, or gathering different kinds of data related to the same phenomenon.
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