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ERIC Number: ED056978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 90
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Teaching Toward Inquiry.
Strasser, Ben B.; And Others
This book is intended to offer the teacher practical classroom ideas. The first chapter suggests two approaches in teaching children to inquire and compares the three modes of teaching--didactic, Socratic, and inquiry. The second chapter considers the problem of what people do as they inquire and the relationship between data and theory, which are the products of inquiry. Methods of organizing and using data and of validating theory are discussed. Internal and external constraints are listed, as well as the role of individual values as a counterbalance to these constraints. The third chapter contains some illustrative problems suitable for classroom inquiry and covers the following types of problem: questions, unknowns, conflicts, discrepancies, decisions to be made, incongruities, inconsistencies, ideas to be created, "I don't understand's," and techniques to be mastered or designed. Teacher behaviors are discussed as are various ways of interacting with students to facilitate their growth as inquirees. The fourth chapter deals with the importance of objectives and provides a number of examples for teachers and students. There are two appendixes, the first consisting of a brief sketch of an inquiry lesson which was part of a unit in science and the second describing a 30-hour program designed to reach rather specific objectives in helping teachers develop skills in teaching toward inquiry. (MBM)
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Center for the Study of Instruction.; Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, CA.