5 Ways to Write a Good Lab Conclusion in Science - wikiHow
Sample Lab Conclusion Paragraph - wikiHow
We reconsidered our initial assumption and determined that students' data-analysis skills might be the problem instead--perhaps they did not have solid ideas to articulate in their conclusions. We decided to develop and test the effect of different levels of instructional intervention on students' lab reports. As a result, we came up with the following question to guide our teacher research project: What influence does the degree of instructional support have on the quality of data analysis and writing in student lab report conclusions?
Writing in the Science Class: Lab Conclusions | In-Sight
As science teachers at a suburban California high school, we were concerned about the lab report conclusions written by our upper-level chemistry, biology, and ecology students--which were consistently of poor quality. Their work lacked inferences derived from data and support for their concluding statements. Working as part of a collaborative project with the University of California at Davis, we formed a teacher research group to investigate this matter (see "About teacher research"). This article describes our group's efforts and its implications for the classroom.
Professor Robert Marc Friedman of the University of Oslo tells us that, "The essential key for writing is to write regularly — like it or not — great ideas come often by writing". Middle school students may struggle with writing complete and coherent lab conclusions, so providing students with many opportunities and strategies for scientific writing helps reduce anxiety around writing and gain these important skills: