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ERIC Number: ED489305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 3
National Science Teachers Association (NJ1)
Scientific inquiry reflects how scientists come to understand the natural world, and it is at the heart of how students learn. From a very early age, children interact with their environment, ask questions, and seek ways to answer those questions. Understanding science content is significantly enhanced when ideas are anchored to inquiry experiences. Scientific inquiry is a powerful way of understanding science content. Students learn how to ask questions and use evidence to answer them. In the process of learning the strategies of scientific inquiry, students learn to conduct an investigation and collect evidence from a variety of sources, develop an explanation from the data, and communicate and defend their conclusions. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends that all K-16 teachers embrace scientific inquiry and is committed to helping educators make it the centerpiece of the science classroom. The use of scientific inquiry will help ensure that students develop a deep understanding of science and scientific inquiry.
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Science Education, Scientific Principles, Inquiry, Scientific Research, Teaching Methods, Research Methodology, Student Research
National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Tel: 800-722-6782 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.nsta.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA.