Science reasoning at touch tanks: An unexpected opportunity

January 1st, 2014 | RESEARCH

Informal science educators are seeking ways to support scientific reasoning. This study of touch tanks at four different museums found that, although the exhibits were not designed to do so, they supported families in engaging in scientific reasoning practices. Specifically, they engaged family members in making claims, seeking evidence, devising tests, seeking information, testing claims, and challenging claims made by others.


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Kerri Wingert, Author, University of Washington

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Audience: Families | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Life science | Nature of science
Resource Type: Research Brief | Research Products
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits | Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits