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Motivating Students to Ask Scientifically Productive Questions


"We describe a framework for supporting student inquiry in K-16 science classes in the context of student investigation of ecologically or environmentally related problems and issues. The framework was developed based on research from a case study in a 6th grade classroom on how to motivate and support student-thinking about questions and evidence. We discuss how we have applied this framework in professional development for K-12 science teachers and for K-16 instructional materials for students. We describe how this framework facilitated the collaboration of K-12 teachers with scientists, science educators, and cognitive scientists."