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Concept cartoons

Concept cartoons
Concept cartoons are a visual representation of science ideas. The simple cartoon style drawings put forward a range of viewpoints about science ideas in situations that are designed to motivate and engage students and stimulate discussion of their ideas.

The main findings show that Concept Cartoons are:

  • highly motivating across all age ranges and with learners of different levels of understanding
  • effective at both revealing and challenging learners’ ideas, and linking together the process of elicitation and restructuring ideas
  • effective in integrating learning and assessment into a single strategy
  • viewed as very easy to manage in the classroom and potentially offering a valuable strategy for differentiation
  • powerful for generating pupil talk, helping them to co-construct arguments and contextualising science learning opportunities.