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2nd International Argument-Based Inquiry Conference

August 5-7, 2015

Spokane, Washington


Common Core. Next Generation Science Standards. Every year, there’s a new policy or other “reform effort” that calls for teaching practices to change. We may talk about immersion and integration, yet we don’t always put enough time and effort toward the important theoretical and practical constraints to widespread adoption of such policies and required teaching changes.

That’s the central purpose of the Argument-Based Inquiry (ABI) Conference: explore the benefits of ABI in science, math, and language art classrooms, and provide a forum where researchers can share information and ideas on optimizing ABI to build students’ grasp in the various disciplines.

Conversation among participants will be one of the conference highlights. When critical questions are raised during the conference, we’re going to make sure there’s a chance for cross-disciplinary perspectives. Whether you’re a researcher, graduate student, or teacher, this conference will bring people together, both during the conference, as well as with future research, development, and publication opportunities.


Full schedule of Events now available

From the Conference Chair

Calls for doing science to learn science and engagement in mathematical thinking to learn mathematics have been most recently advanced by the NextAndyCavagnettoProfilePic Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards here in the United States, yet there are many unanswered questions related to the widespread implementation and outcomes of argument-based inquiry. These questions are complex and thus informed by a number of disciplines in addition to mathematics and science, including cognitive and social psychology, literacy, and statistics and measurement.

To motivate cross-disciplinary conversation around implementation and outcomes of such advanced pedagogies, the conference will host paper sessions with extended time for discussion and a graduate poster session that will serve as an opportunity for new scholars to engage with established researchers.

We welcome researchers, graduate students, and teachers from diverse fields to participate in the conversations as we seek to establish an on-going network of researchers that can support one another and address future research, development, and publication opportunities.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you!

– Andy Cavagnetto