ERIC Number: ED476250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Linking Science Inquiry Skills in a Holistic Approach.
The quest for the inclusion of science inquiry in the curriculum now spans three centuries. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Armstrong, Dewey, and others espoused the teaching of science inquiry. The launch of Sputnik in 1957 began the strong emphasis on inquiry. Renewed interest in inquiry occurred in the late 1980s and 1990s with science inquiry being stressed as a key component in curriculum reform efforts. In this research, a holistic method for teaching science inquiry was utilized; the process skills were linked to each other. Factor analysis indicates the extraction of one primary component for the science inquiry skills. There was a qualitative difference between how students in the two groups approached designing an experiment. The students in the experimental group linked the process skills in a coherent whole; whereas, the control group used a piecemeal approach with each step considered separately. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Philadelphia, PA, March 23-26, 2003).