ERIC Number: ED420032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Knowledge through Communication: Guided Inquiry about Light in a First Grade Class.
MacLean, Fe A.
This paper describes the experiences of first grade students as they are introduced to inquiry experiences and begin to develop skills and dispositions conducive to the practice of scientific literacy. The Guided Inquiry Instruction on light was the culmination of seven months of the teacher's professional development experiences in an orientation to teaching called Guided Inquiry supporting Multiple Literacies (GIsML), (Magnusson and Palincsar, 1995). The class consisted of 24 students, ages ranging from 5 years and 10 months to 7 years and 2 months, attending first grade in a school in a small farming community south of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The paper describes the unfolding of GIsML instruction illustrating different phases of the heuristic. It gives directions for construction of the light box used, made by the teacher from an ordinary corrugated cardboard box, with a white rectangular piece of posterboard for a screen. The paper details the four cycles of instruction and the resulting achievement of the content goals specific to light by the students. (Contains seven figures and seven references; a list of disk contents is appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan