Our charge is to discuss what it means for children to be doing science and how educators can assess it. To that end, we've chosen an especially clear case. It happens to have taken place in school, but that shouldn't matter for our purpose here; it's the substance of the children's reasoning that we're assessing as the beginnings of science. We open with the case. We then articulate how it is an ... read moreexample of science, in particular of science as a pursuit. Finally we discuss what this view means for science education, in particular with respect to assessment, whether out of school or in.read less
Hammer, David & Jennifer Radoff. "Children Doing Science: Essential Idiosyncrasy and the Challenges of Assessment." Commissioned paper for Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning: A Consensus Study, NRC Board on Science Education, 2014.