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Quality Talk Science Summit explores how to make critical thinking happen in classrooms

Nearly two dozen middle- and high-school science teachers gathered on the Penn State University Park campus recently to participate in a Quality Talk Science Summit, "Quality Talk in Science: How to make critical-analytic thinking happen in your classroom."

Nearly two dozen middle- and high-school science teachers gathered on the Penn State University Park campus recently to participate in a Quality Talk Science Summit, "Quality Talk in Science: How to make critical-analytic thinking happen in your classroom."

The summit served as a professional development workshop for them to learn about effective small-group discussions and scientific practices in science classrooms. The workshop included presentations and interactive activities where participating teachers learned to increase skills in using and analyzing student discourse and to incorporate Quality Talk in their classrooms.

During the summit, P. Karen Murphy, professor of education at Penn State, introduced how Quality Talk can be used as a tool to promote students' critical-analytic thinking and reasoning in physics and chemistry as well as how to analyze Quality Talk discourse.

Jeffrey A. Greene, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, demonstrated how to incorporate Quality Talk in science classrooms to promote students' argumentation skills and content learning. The last section of the summit focused on modeling authentic STEM research which was presented by Annmarie Ward, the director of Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) at Penn State.

Quality Talk Science is an innovative, scalable, teacher-facilitated discourse model that aims to foster students' high-level comprehension and content area learning in high school chemistry and physics in alignment with the 21st century STEM education.