A website has been developed which provides access to video material of specific classroom practices used in the teaching of argumentation in science, including strategies for group work. The videos support three CPD units, which have resources and tasks for professional development in argumentation pedagogy, suitable for primary and secondary audiences. Teachers can use the resources collaboratively or individually.
The project has produced high quality film material which captures teachers using a range of groupwork strategies and facilitating argumentation activities from introduction to plenary. Students are engaged in argumentation to develop their skills and science knowledge. Professional development tasks supported by these materials are currently being trialled with a cross phase group of teachers from KS2 and KS3.
This project intends to produce video material supported by specific professional development tasks linked to strategies related to group work and argumentation. Included will be strategies such as listening triads, envoys, pairs, pairs to fours, jigsaws, class debates, and roles taken by individual children whilst working in groups. There will also be material based on teachers modelling and introducing argumentation focusing on talk that encourages argumentation processes, including justification, counter-argument and evaluating argument.