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Discovering Nanoscience

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Science  31 Aug 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6098, pp. 1056-1057
DOI: 10.1126/science.1215151

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The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology stresses the importance of adoption of empirically validated instructional practices, such as inquiry-based laboratory experiences, in higher education (1). The Exploring Gold Nanoparticles laboratory module employs an inquiry-based instructional tool called the Model-Observe-Reflect-Explain (MORE) Thinking Frame (2) to support student construction of evidence-based models of nanoparticles in introductory chemistry courses. Using MORE has been shown to enhance students' understanding of the nature of science and of scientific models compared with traditional teaching methods (3, 4).