The lab report, and an example of an abbreviated scientific article

One of the premier scientific journals accepts submissions in an abbreviate. Science calls this category of article "Brevia." These articles are short and narrowly-focused.

Here's an example: Absence of Circadian Phase Resetting in Response to Bright Light Behind the Knees. SCIENCE VOL 297 26 JULY 2002

Here's a summary of what we're aiming for in lab, and in the lab report.

 

Argument-driven inquiry

 

Summary (borrowing language directly from authors): Argument-Driven Inquiry can help students learn important content, practices, and habits of mind during a laboratory course, and avoid verification-style lab activities.

 

From Argument-Driven Inquiry: An Introduction to a New Instructional

 

Model for Use in Undergraduate Chemistry Labs, Joi Phelps Walker, Victor Sampson, and Carol O. Zimmerman. J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88, 1048–1056

 

 

Model for a scientific argument

 

The claim

 

A conjecture, conclusion, explanation, descriptive statement, or an answer to a research question

 

The claim fits with the evidence, the evidence supports the claim
 

 

 

The evidence

 

Measurements of observations that show trends over time, differences between groups, or relationships between variables (and other reasons, such as conclusions of findings from other studies and accepted theories, models, laws, or unifying concepts)

 

 

The evidence and claim are explained by a rational

 

 

A rationale

 

A statement that explains why the evidence and other reasons support the claim, and why the evidence and others reasons should count as support

 


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