Here is a link to a short video in which Sue Kirch, a science educator at New York University, discusses the question: Can elementary school students engage in scientific reasoning? See my 9/29/08 entry, for a summary of Sue’s recent presentation at the Nonfiction Institute at the University of Maine. http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/videos/susan_kirch
Click on “comment” at the bottom of the entry to read Sue’s response to questions I emailed her after I viewed her video. If you have questions for Sue, feel free to post them on the comment page & she’ll respond.