Science, 2009
  Grade Level:   9-12  
  EALR 2:   Inquiry  
  Big Idea:   Inquiry (INQ)  
  Core Content:   Conducting Analyses and Thinking Logically                   
  Description:   In prior grades students learned to revise questions so they can be answered scientifically. In grades 9-12 students extend and refine their understanding of the nature of inquiry and their ability to formulate questions, propose hypotheses, and design, conduct, and report on investigations. Refinement includes an increased understanding of the kinds of questions that scientists ask and how the results reflect the research methods and the criteria that scientific arguments are judged by. Increased abilities include competence in using mathematics, a closer connection between student-planned investigations and existing knowledge, improvements in communication and collaboration, and participation in a community of learners.  
  Content Standard:   9-12 INQG Intellectual Honesty Public communication among scientists is an essential aspect of research. Scientists evaluate the validity of one another's investigations, check the reliability of results, and explain inconsistencies in findings.  
Students are expected to:
  • Participate in a scientific discussion about one's own investigations and those performed by others.
  • Respond to questions and criticisms, and if appropriate, revise explanations based on these discussions.