ERIC Number: ED381402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Study of a Field-Developed Model of Scientific Inquiry.
Haury, David L.
A simple model of scientific inquiry was developed using non-technical language. One group of elementary school teachers was introduced to the model during a two-week summer institute where the model was used in conjunction with activity-based approaches to teaching. Participants applied the model in planning and facilitating activities for children enrolled in a summer science camp. Another group of teachers was introduced to the model during a series of workshops for teachers and principals. The model was introduced as the central heuristic device for designing and developing science lessons and units of study. A survey was conducted two years after the most recent summer institute. The purpose of the survey was to determine: (1) the extent to which the model was understood; (2) the degree to which it was being used to plan and implement instruction; and (3) the extent to which it facilitates desired effects among students. Survey results provided evidence that: (1) the model is well understood by most teachers and facilitates an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry; (2) the model facilitates an activity-based, inquiry-oriented approach to science teaching; and (3) teachers report that students react favorably to instruction based on the model. The survey instrument is appended. Contains 16 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Teacher Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (San Francisco, CA, April 22-25, 1995).