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Framing an investigation helps to focus students’ observations and interpretations


A theoretical point of view is required in order to interpret results. Without this theoretical framework, students are unlikely to be able to engage critically with the idea being investigated, or know what it is they are supposed to observe.

Teacher reflection

  • What does ‘framing’ mean in this context?
  • For what reasons might students miss the point of an investigation?
  • How can teachers set the scene for a particular investigation?
  • Can framing sometimes limit the sorts of observations that students might anticipate? If so, how?