Course Number: CSC 535
Course Title: Argument-Based Inquiry: Supporting Claims with Evidence, Reasoning, and Critique
Course Instructor: Nicole McRee
Curiosity - the desire to explain how the world works. This basic intrinsic motivation drives the questions we ask, the investigations we conduct, and the explanations we build. Teaching students to gather appropriate data to support an idea is an evolution in thought that can be led by argument-based inquiry.
In scientific argumentation, explanations are generated, verified, communicated, debated, and modified. Ideally, the goal of all participants in scientific argumentation is to refine and build consensus for scientific ideas, based on evidence, to understanding the reality of the natural world. This class will provide all participants a chance to synthesize several evidence-based responses, generate a lesson to facilitate best-practice classroom critiques, develop a question prompt for immediate classroom use, and establish an assessment rubric to integrate into practice.