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Inquiry Teaching Strategies

Inquiry Teaching Strategies

Inquiry provides an effective, engaging framework for science instruction by promoting direct student investigation, cooperative learning, deeper learning and higher-level thinking. The resources below provide background information about inquiry science and suggestions for incorporating it into your classroom.

Critical Competitors
BioEd Online,

Dr. Lawrence Lowery presents strategies for promoting closer observation by your students, and for teaching students how to compare and contrast important attributes that make each subject of observation unique.

Learning Science Through Inquiry
Annenberg Learner,

An Annenberg Foundation video workshop series for K-8 teachers, divided into eight, one-hour segments. Click the “VoD” link for each workshop.

The 5E Model for Teaching Inquiry Science
BioEd Online,

Learn how to engage students using inquiry teaching focused on the five “Es” (Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration and Evaluation).

The BSCS 5E Instructional Model
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study,

Links to information about how to use the BSCS 5E instructional model, professional development and research resources, and BSCS reports.

The Integral Role of Laboratory Investigations in Science Instruction
National Science Teachers Association,

NSTA Position Statement on the value of hands-on laboratory experiences for students at all levels, the need to support teachers and science labs, and the importance of assessment.

What is Inquiry Science Teaching?
BioEd Online,

Strategies for using questions and investigations to guide your students’ science learning.

What Is Science?
BioEd Online,

Science is all about asking questions. Learn why each of us can think like a scientist.