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Students’ investigations have the potential to be reconsidered, debated and developed further


Students should be encouraged to think beyond the completion of a set classroom practical. For example, they might be encouraged to consider how the investigation could have been carried out differently, or how they might investigate new questions raised by their exploration.

Teacher reflection

  • Can student investigations be so thoroughly planned that there is no room for development? Why or why not?
  • How can teachers encourage their students to reconsider how they run their investigations?
  • How can student observations lead to further discussion? How can this discussion lead to a change in the investigation focus?
  • How might students investigate new questions?