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SEP7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence

The study of science and engineering should produce a sense of the process of argument necessary for advancing and defending a new idea or an explanation of a phenomenon and the norms for conducting such arguments. In that spirit, students should argue for the explanations they construct, defend their interpretations of the associated data, and advocate for the designs they propose. (NRC Framework 2012, p. 73)

Refer to the Essential Learning Event 4 Evidence-Based Practice for information related to the practice of Engaging in Argument from Evidence:

At these links you will find:

  • Sample student actions associated with SEP7
  • Sample teacher actions & instructional strategies for SEP7, questions to promote the use of SEP7 in the classroom
  • Sample assessment task formats to assess learning for SEP7.
Engaging in argument from evidence