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Generate an Argument: An Instructional Model

The Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) instructional model is a research-based approach that provides science teachers and science educators a pathway for engaging students in scientific practices, such as planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing data, arguing from evidence, and communicating information. The focus of this webinar is to provide a basic overview of the ADI model and describe ways that the model supports students’ proficiency with key science practices. The ADI model is designed for laboratory settings and can be embedded within various curricula. Additionally, ADI investigations can be used within broader curricular frameworks, such as the Socioscientific (SSI) framework, to provide opportunities for developing deep content understanding and skills that are foundational for functional scientific literacy.

The process of scientific argumentation is critical to the advancement of sound scientific knowledge claims because it involves critiquing the conceptual products, the methods used for collecting data, and the analytical procedures used to coordinate the data and subsequent knowledge claim. A key reason for this focus is that argumentation will empower students from distinguishing claims made on scientific grounds from those based solely on tradition and authority.


The Bethune-Cookman University STEM faculty and staff plan to implement scientific argumentation into their courses to engage students in an innovative way. Educators will develop new curricula and incorporate new equipment that will enhance the learning environment to support the research.

Will this project give students more opportunities to construct and critique explanations or arguments of a natural phenomenon as part of the inquiry process? Could empirical research provide new approaches to not only improve students’ abilities to develop and critique arguments, but also enhance conceptual understanding?


We invite you to explore these and other questions at this upcoming webinar. Please feel free to add your ideas and questions in the comment feature below. 

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