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ERIC Number: EJ1058107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-2368-4526
Question Me an Answer: Re-Awakening the Art of Inquiry in Post-Secondary Science Education
O'Beirne-Ryan, Anne Marie
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v1 p66-70 2008
In our science learning and teaching environment, how often do we present science as a body of facts, or at best, a compendium of knowledge to which we can add more information, if we ask the "right" questions? In reality, the nature of science is significantly more complex, and the number of iterations we go through to resolve a given inquiry is often considerable. Similarly, how often do we vocalize the hope that our students will develop critical thinking, yet in reality, encourage only logical, linear thinking? Would science become more inclusive if we actually encouraged creative and divergent thinking in addition to logical-analytical thinking? Instead of "What?" can we ask "What if?" or even better, "What if not?" How might we begin to create learning environments where students themselves generate questions that facilitate deeper learning?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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