QT Science

Quality Talk Science

What is Quality Talk Science (QTs)?

Quality Talk Science (QTs) is an innovative, scalable, teacher-facilitated discourse model that aims to improve teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge and foster students’ high-level comprehension and content area learning in high school chemistry and physics in alignment with the 21st century STEM education.

Quality Talk

  • Promotes higher level thinking in science classrooms
  • Ensures active learning that fosters conceptual understanding and real- world application
  • Increases productive and engaging student-led class discussions
  • Aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and related instructional practices

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Quality Talk model-based science lessons:

  • Allow students to create rich explanatory models for real-world scientific phenomena
  • Scaffold learning by providing partially worked out, student-drawn models
  • Require students to build strong arguments in support their claims about the model
  • Stimulate productive, student-led classroom discussions by highlighting multiple aspects of the scientific phenomena

Quality Talk teachers:

  • Participate in professional development introducing the Quality Talk model and QT-enhanced lessons;
  • Receive ongoing and personalized support from discourse coaches;
  • Guide student-led discussions to promote higher level thinking;
  • Use video recordings of classroom discussions to assess student interactions and learning;
  • Provide feedback to the Quality Talk team on the instructional approach and materials; and,
  • Serve as discourse coaches for new teachers in the following year.

Teacher testimony:

Quality Talk students:

  • Actively participate in weekly science-centered, small group discussions;
  • Learn effective discourse strategies including how to ask good questions;
  • Construct strong arguments that include reasons and evidence; and,
  • Engage in hands-on experiments and record data in science journals.

Watch one of our videos that teachers use to introduce aspects of Quality Talk to their students:

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Sample Lesson Plan for QT Science Lesson

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Sample Lesson Plan for QT Lesson

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This materials are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1316347. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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