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Scientific Reading, Writing, & Speaking (Demo)


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Science is a way of learning about the natural world through experimental investigation. But science is also a discourse—a particular way of speaking, reading, and writing. Science teachers are uniquely qualified to help students comprehend this discourse (try asking a non-scientist to explain E=mc2, or why ontogeny doesn’t recapitulate phylogeny). If we want students to do authentic inquiry—to act as apprentice scientists—we need to give them tools for accessing and using language in all its forms. In this course, you’ll learn strategies to get students talking, writing, and reading as they do scientific inquiry!