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ERIC Number: EJ871160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Authentic Scientific Inquiry and School Science
Hume, Anne
Teaching Science, v55 n2 p35-41 Jun 2009
Scientific literacy goals feature strongly in the rhetoric of most forward-looking science curricula. Many science educators believe that a key means of attaining these goals is through the engagement of students in "authentic scientific inquiry". For students to experience such learning it is critical that teachers understand and appreciate what authentic scientific inquiry involves. In this paper I explore classroom teachers' understanding of authentic scientific inquiry and compare their views with the research literature on the same topic. The teachers' responses reveal a range of views and a genuine interest in learning how to enhance their pedagogical content knowledge in this area. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A