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The Development of Scientific Reasoning Skills

The Development of Scientific Reasoning Skills

The goal of this article is to provide an integrative review of research that has been conducted on the development of children’s scientific reasoning. Scientific reasoning (SR), broadly defined, includes the thinking skills involved in inquiry, experimentation, evidence evaluation, inference and argumentation that are done in the service of conceptual change or scientific understanding. Therefore, the focus is on the thinking and reasoning skills that support the formation and modification of concepts and theories about the natural and social world.


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