Science / Year 10 / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Evaluate conclusions, including identifying sources of uncertainty and possible alternative explanations, and describe specific ways to improve the quality of the data (ACSIS205)

Elaborations
  • evaluating the strength of a conclusion that can be inferred from a particular data set
  • distinguishing between random and systematic errors and how these can affect investigation results
  • identifying alternative explanations that are also consistent with the evidence
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Sampling bias,  Reliability,  Evaluation

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