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ERIC Number: EJ796370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Practical Advice for Teaching Inquiry-Based Science Process Skills in the Biological Sciences
Wilke, R. Russell; Straits, William J.
American Biology Teacher, v67 n9 p534-540 Nov 2005
Inquiry learning is student-based exploration of an authentic problem using the processes and tools of the discipline. Often inquiry learning is presented in a fashion that mirrors the scientific method, proceeding from identification of a problem to reporting of findings. In post-secondary settings, these scientific-method inquiry exercises typically serve as the primary source of science process skill development. Inquiry is used to teach science process skills, yet science process skills are the tools by which inquiry is conducted. This article presents activities that have been developed to provide initial ideas for educators interested in incorporating process skill instruction into their teaching practice. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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