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Internet Environments for Science Education by Philip Bell, Elizabeth A. Davis, Marcia C. Linn

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5Creating Critique Projects

Elizabeth A. DavisUniversity of Michigan

The Internet has become a tremendously important resource for science teaching. However, students often accept information as valid just because they see it in print. One of the goals in the Knowledge Integration Environment (KIE; Bell, Davis, et al., 1995; Linn, Davis, & Bell, chap. 1, this volume) is to help kids develop a critical eye in using materials on the World Wide Web. Critique is a crucial scientific practice; scientists apply criteria to help them differentiate between high-and low-quality claims and evidence. Using KIE, students think critically about evidence and use it to build arguments. Another primary goal of KIE is to help students integrate their conceptual ...

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