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Exploring Science Through Inquiry

"The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiousity has its own reason for existing. One cannot
help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries
of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. "

                                     Albert Einstein

The American Society of Engineering Education's Prism Online offers these insights about inquiry learning:

"Inquiry is a key to successful lifelong learning." Educators create inquiring learners when they build teaching around questioning. Inquiry can help learners clarify issues, uncover holes in arguments, correct factual or conceptual errors, and eventually lead to more thoughtful outcomes.

"Inquiry is a necessary and dynamic process in the creation and transmission of knowledge." Learners "construct" knowledge when new information challenges their prior experiences. This dynamic interchange is an active—never passive— process. Inquiry fuels the cycle of learning, providing a sound method for approaching new data and an abiding drive to push further into the depths of knowledge.

"Just Science Now" offers

  • A clear definition and list of qualities for inquiry
  • Effective questioning techniques
  • Sample lesson plans implementing inquiry
  • Video demonstrations of teachers modeling inquiry
  • Suggestions for integrating effective reading strategies
  • Suggestions for integrating effective inquiry strategies in the science classroom
 

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