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Inquiry-Based Writing in the Laboratory Course

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Science  20 May 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6032, pp. 919-920
DOI: 10.1126/science.1200353

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Scientific writing is increasingly recognized as a key component of an undergraduate scientific education. As an integral part of scientific practice, scientific writing is best learned in the context of doing science (1, 2). Because students “do” science (as opposed to “learn about” science) almost exclusively in laboratory courses (3, 4), they need to learn the skills of scientific writing there.