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ERIC Number: EJ789647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Learning by Doing Teaching the Process of Inquiry
Schmidt, Stan M.
Science Scope, v27 n1 p27-30 Sep 2003
"The National Science Education Standards" direct science educators to employ inquiry as a basic teaching strategy, and to place more emphasis on understanding student needs, abilities, and interests, and actively engaging in scientific investigations. Although they generally accept this emphasis as desirable, educators--particularly new educators--have differing notions about what inquiry really is and are often unsure about what effective science inquiry looks like when classes are large and supply budgets are small. The immersion activity provides a doable challenge that overcomes the reluctance of those students least likely to be interested in a more formal activity, and becomes a valuable common referent that all students in class can later recall and consider. With this immersion activity completed and discussed, teachers can then guide students in selecting and developing an investigation of interest that clarifies and applies the principles under consideration. Assessment addresses how well the procedure that students developed and followed applies to the research question. An evaluation rubric aids greatly in this type of assessment and, if given in advance, can give helpful direction to students as they develop their investigation plan. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah