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ERIC Number: EJ868546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Planning and Implementing Inquiry-Oriented Activities for Middle Grades Science
Wilson, Craig A.
Middle School Journal (J3), v41 n2 p41-49 Nov 2009
The current educational climate poses a difficult challenge for middle grades science teachers, because they must respond to calls for more inquiry-oriented instruction in the science classroom and, at the same time, prepare students to pass high-stakes proficiency tests based on broad state science standards. The purpose of this article is to help middle grades science teachers resolve this dilemma by clarifying the nature of inquiry and providing a process for planning and implementing inquiry in the classroom. This step-by-step process will allow teachers to engage students in deep, meaningful, inquiry-oriented activities in an efficient way that may help to alleviate the time pressure that sometimes prevents them from using inquiry. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A