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SEP3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Students should have opportunities to plan and carry out several different kinds of investigations during their K-12 years. At all levels, they should engage in investigations that range from those structured by the teacher - in order to expose an issue or question that they would be unlikely to explore on their own (e.g., measuring specific properties of materials) - to those that emerge from students' own questions. (NRC Framework 2012, p. 61)

Refer to the Essential Learning Event 1 Evidence-Based Practice for information related to the practice of Planning and Carrying Out Investigations:

At these links you will find:

  • Sample student actions associated with SEP3
  • Sample teacher actions & instructional strategies for SEP3, questions to promote the use of SEP3 in the classroom
  • Sample assessment task formats to assess learning for SEP3.
Planning and carrying out investigations