A Comparative Model of Field Investigations: Aligning School Science Inquiry with the Practices of Contemporary Science (Article, 2007) [WorldCat.org]
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A Comparative Model of Field Investigations: Aligning School Science Inquiry with the Practices of Contemporary Science

Author: Mark Windschitl Affiliation: University of Washington; Karen Dvornich Affiliation: University of Washington; Amy E Ryken Affiliation: University of Puget Sound; Margaret Tudor Affiliation: Pacific Education Institute; Gary Koehler Affiliation: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:School Science and Mathematics, v107 n1 (January 2007): 382-390
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Field investigations are not characterized by randomized and manipulated control group experiments, however most school science and high-stakes tests recognize only this paradigm of investigation. Scientists in astronomy, genetics, field biology, oceanography, geology, and meteorology routinely select naturally occurring events and conditions and look for descriptive, correlative, or causal trends. Field  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Windschitl Affiliation: University of Washington; Karen Dvornich Affiliation: University of Washington; Amy E Ryken Affiliation: University of Puget Sound; Margaret Tudor Affiliation: Pacific Education Institute; Gary Koehler Affiliation: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
ISSN:0036-6803
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5156845451
Notes: Author's Note Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Margaret Tudor, Pacific Education Institute, Market Place Office Building, 724 Columbia St. NW, Suite 250, Olympia, WA 98501. Electronic mail may be sent via Internet to mtudor@wfpa.org.
Number of Tables: 2
Number of References: 36
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Field investigations are not characterized by randomized and manipulated control group experiments, however most school science and high-stakes tests recognize only this paradigm of investigation. Scientists in astronomy, genetics, field biology, oceanography, geology, and meteorology routinely select naturally occurring events and conditions and look for descriptive, correlative, or causal trends. Field investigations contribute to scientific knowledge by describing natural systems, noting differences in habitats, and identifying environmental trends and issues; they are designed to answer an investigative question through the systematic collection of evidence and the communication of results. This paper describes the range of field investigations conducted by scientists and K-12 students and elaborates a comparative model of three different types of field investigations (descriptive studies, comparative studies, correlative studies). These forms of investigation are more representative of current scientific practice and provide rigorous and engaging inquiry experiences for young learners.

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