This set of resources exemplifies ways in which practical work can be used alongside a pedagogical approach known as argumentation. Argumentation is a core practice used by communities of research scientists, and it is through these activities that science knowledge is developed and agreed. Argumentation activities can be used in school science to mirror this practice.
There is also a strong evidence base highlighting argument and collaborative discussion as key social processes through which we can learn. This is because engagement in these activities can be an effective way of making knowledge explicit, challenging misconceptions, building new knowledge, and increasing articulation.