Author:
Kristin Robinson
Subject:
Elementary Education, Special Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Upper Primary, Graduate / Professional
Tags:
  • Building Explanations
  • Coaching
  • Inquiry Science
  • Oasis
  • SNUDLE
  • Udl
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Activity: Data vs. Evidence

    Activity: Data vs. Evidence

    Overview

    Data are simply information that is gathered. Evidence is when those data are used in support of an argument or claim. This activity helps students build the cognitive link between data and using that data as evidence to support a claim.

    Created as part of the OASIS Coaching Support research study at CAST.

    Data vs. Evidence

    In general, a scientist moves from observations to inferences to claims. Researcher Brian Hand makes the point that there is a difference between data and evidence. Data are simply information that is gathered. Evidence is when those data are used in support of an argument or claim. 

    Use this activity to help students build the cognitive link between data and how to use that data as evidence that supports a claim.