ERIC Number: ED064252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Facilitating Inquiry in the Classroom: Developed by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.
Crawford, Jack J.
This product development report is one of 21 reports, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Education, dealing with the developmental history of a recent educational product. This report deals with Facilitating Inquiry in the Classroom, a teacher training program, focusing on instructional skills needed to stimulate and sustain students in self-directed inquiry. The major goal of the program is to develop teacher responses which will produce a) a classroom climate, b) self-directed discovery, c) knowledge building, and d) evaluative processes by the students. Participant manuals, audio tapes, and demonstration equipment form the framework of a five-step sequence of activities. This five-step sequence is repeated three times during training, once for each of the three major areas: allowing inquiry to happen, facilitating student reception of inquiry processes, and tuning in to student reception of inquiry processes. This report also includes further information in areas concerning background, development, diffusion, adoption, and future of the product. The summative evaluation of the program indicated that relatively inexperienced trainers could successfully use the materials. A 6-month follow-up indicated that secondary teachers tended to value inquiry highly and achieve a significantly higher comprehension than primary teachers. A five-item bibliography and a list of products and developers that are the focus of the 21 product impact evaluations are included. (MJM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Program Planning and Evaluation (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.