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Science / Year 8 / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Reflect on scientific investigations including evaluating the quality of the data collected, and identifying improvements (ACSIS146)

Elaborations
  • suggesting improvements to investigation methods that would improve the accuracy of the data recorded
  • discussing investigation methods with others to share ideas about the quality of the inquiry process
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Evaluation,  Experiments,  Data collection

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