ERIC Number: EJ850045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Is the Inquiry Real? Working Definitions of Inquiry in the Science Classroom
Leonard, William H.; Penick, John E.
Science Teacher, v76 n5 p40-43 Jul 2009
When describing activities in today's K-12 science classrooms, the word inquiry often causes some confusion. As a result, many of us find ourselves asking the same questions: How do we know when inquiry is authentic? What should happen in an inquiry-centered science classroom? What is the teacher's role in an inquiry-centered class and what is the student's role? The authors have thought long and hard about these questions. Here they offer suggestions for determining whether your classroom activities are engaging all students in true inquiry. In addition, they present an example of how a common, tried-and-true activity can be modified to facilitate inquiry.
Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Biology, Science Education, Definitions, Scientific Concepts, Inquiry, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Science Materials, Teaching Methods, Student Role, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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