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ERIC Number: EJ884155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Peer Sharing Facilitates the Effect of Inquiry-Based Projects on Science Learning
Chung, Hui-Min; Behan, Kristina Jackson
American Biology Teacher, v72 n1 p24-29 Jan 2010
Authentic assessment exercises are similar to real-world tasks that would be expected by a professional. An authentic assessment in combination with an inquiry-based learning activity enhances students' learning and rehearses them for their future roles, whether as scientists or as informed citizens. Over a period of 2 years, we experimented with two inquiry-based projects; one had traditional scientific inquiry characteristics, and the other used popular culture as the medium of inquiry. We found that activities that incorporated group learning motivated students and sharpened their abilities to apply and communicate their knowledge of science. We also discovered that incorporating popular culture provided "Millennial" students with a refreshing view of science learning and increased their appetites to explore and elaborate on science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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