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Abstract Title: Isaac's theory of wheels: A third-grade class's stability in doing science
Abstract: We present excerpts from a 25-minute, third-grade discussion about the motion of a toy car, focused on one student's explanation of how wheels work, with his classmates considering and questioning his idea.  In this discussion, we argue, the students begin to engage in science in several respects, including in the phenomena they choose to explain and in how they assess the quality and appropriateness of explanations.  We also argue that these assessments and negotiations are responsible, in part, for stabilizing the discussion around scientific inquiry.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jennifer Radoff
Tufts University
and Co-Presenter(s)
David Hammer