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
- 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.