A frame for writing up experiments

Jerry Wellington and Jonathan Osborne (2001) offer the following’frame for writing up experiments’ (p.72):


  • What is the purpose?
  • Why are we doing this?
  • What are we hoping to show?
  • Do we have a hypothesis in advance?


  • What is the recipe for doing this experiment?
  • What are the instructions?
  • What special precautions did we take to ensure that the experiment worked well?
  • Would a diagram help to explain what we did?


  • How should we display the results – table, bar chart, line graph?
  • These words may help you in your writing:

This shows that
Another piece of evidence is
A further point is
I would argue that
You can see that
This means


  • What do my results show?
  • How confident can we be of that conclusion?
  • What could we do to improve the final result?” 

Ref: Jerry Wellington and Jonathan Osborne (2001) Language and Literacy in Science Education. Open University Press: Buckingham, Philadelphia.


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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