Teaching Scientific Core Ideas through Immersing Students in Argument: Using Density as an Example

  • Chen Y
  • Lin J
  • Chen Y
  • 12


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A


    Citations of this article.


ABSTRACTArgumentation is one of the central practices in science learning and helps deepen students’ conceptual understanding. Students should learn how to communicate ideas including procedure tests, data interpretations, and investigation outcomes in verbal and written forms through argument structure. This article presents a negotiation model to show how argument can be a vehicle to drive students to learn core ideas of density. The negotiation model consists of five phases: (1) creating a testable question, (2) constructing an argument in groups, (3) critiquing arguments publicly, (4) advancing students’ arguments, and (5) writing and reflecting individually.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Ying-Chih Chen

  • Jia-Ling Lin

  • Yen-Ting Chen

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free