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ERIC Number: EJ989550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Folding Inquiry into Cookbook Lab Activities
Gooding, Julia; Metz, Bill
Science Scope, v35 n8 p42-47 Apr 2012
Cookbook labs have been a part of science programs for years, even though they serve little purpose other than to verify phenomena that have been previously presented by means other than through investigations. Cookbook science activities follow a linear path to a known outcome, telling students what procedures to follow, which materials to use, what data to record, how to record them, and what questions to answer along the way and when they are done. Inquiry is a multifaceted activity that involves making observations; posing questions; examining books and other sources of information to see what is already known; planning investigations; reviewing what is already known in light of experimental evidence; using tools to gather, analyze, and interpret data; proposing answers, explanations, and predictions; and communicating the results. The benefits of inquiry in the classroom are well documented. The examples provided in this article are just a few of the many subtle, yet simple, lesson transformations that can be used to fold inquiry into a cookbook lesson. These suggestions are easy and efficient, and they allow for increased inquiry with minimal effort and little time. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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