TI-AIE: Discussion in science: malnutrition

What this unit is about

Discussion can be an effective way of enabling students to explore a range of scientific topics in elementary science, including those that are more sensitive, such as malnutrition. Often, we expect students to accept scientific ideas and evidence without giving them the opportunity to consider whether and how they might be true. Using discussion in the classroom can help students to develop their critical thinking skills as they consider relevant evidence, form opinions and justify their points of view.

This unit will discuss the process of facilitating student dialogue in elementary science by considering ways of introducing, organising and concluding classroom discussions. Various strategies that support effective discussion of malnutrition and diet will be explored to illustrate how the strategies can be enacted in the classroom.

What you can learn in this unit