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Science Sampler: Jumping to the right conclusions, inferences, and predictions

Science Scope -- October 2005

Writing meaningful conclusions, drawing accurate inferences, and making relevant predictions are essential skills that many adolescents lack. The differences among conclusions, inferences, and predictions, although subtle, must be recognized to accurately analyze and interpret lab data. There is much research documenting the difficulties students have acquiring these skills, but little on how to teach them. With this in mind, the following exercises were designed.
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