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Learning Science Through Inquiry

A video workshop for K-8 teachers; 8 one-hour video programs, workshop guide, and Web site; graduate credit available

Inquiry-based teaching, central to the National Science Education Standards and the Benchmarks for Science Literacy, should not be an isolated occurrence, but a comprehensive and ongoing approach. However, many teachers hesitate to teach science through inquiry because they did not learn this way themselves, when they were students or during their preparation to become teachers. This workshop shows inquiry teaching and learning in action, with real teachers and students in real classrooms. Whether you have already experimented with inquiry teaching and want to enhance your practice, or are new to the approach and want to know how to make it work, this workshop will help you understand the process and how it benefits students, and give you strategies to use in your classroom.

Produced by Thirteen/WNET New York in collaboration with the Education Development Center (EDC). 2000.

Closed Caption     ISBN: 1-57680-392-9

This series has been discontinued due to rights expiration.

First-graders examine shark jaws.
First-graders examine shark jaws.

Individual Program Descriptions
Science Discipline Page
Individual Program Descriptions

Workshop 1. What Is Inquiry and Why Do It?
This introductory workshop presents an overview of why inquiry is such a powerful approach to teaching and learning science — how it enables you to assess and meet the needs of a wide range of learners, how it taps children's natural curiosity, and how it deepens their understanding of science. Go to this unit.

Workshop 2. Setting the Stage: Creating a Learning Community
At the heart of inquiry teaching and learning is a positive environment that encourages and supports students on their learning paths. This program looks at what is needed for building that foundation and preparing your students for inquiry investigations. Go to this unit.

Workshop 3. The Process Begins: Launching the Inquiry Exploration
To inquire into specific scientific phenomena, students need to draw upon a foundation of experience. This program shows how you can encourage students to share and discuss what they already know, and to explore the materials and phenomena in an open-ended manner. Go to this unit.

Workshop 4. Focus the Inquiry: Designing the Exploration
Students' open exploration leads to a range of interests and questions that lead in turn to deeper investigation. This program looks at the design process - how you can guide students to plan and begin their investigations. Go to this unit.

Workshop 5. The Inquiry Continues: Collecting Data and Drawing Upon Resources
This program explores ways that inquirers collect and record first-hand data, just as scientists do, and observe, raise questions, make predictions, test hypotheses, and develop understanding. It also examines how other resources and outside expertise can help your students formulate patterns and relationships. Go to this unit.

Workshop 6. Bring It All Together: Processing for Meaning During Inquiry
Making meaning from investigations and experience requires that you guide student dialogue, encouraging your students to make connections, draw conclusions, and ask new questions. This program looks at the rationale for this kind of processing, and strategies that can help students construct new mental frameworks. Go to this unit.

Workshop 7. Assessing Inquiry
Assessment is an ongoing process in the classroom. This program looks at a variety of assessment strategies that range from the very informal formative assessments to formal summative assessments, and explores the purposes each can serve. Go to this unit.

Workshop 8. Connecting Other Subjects to Inquiry
This program explores how to use subjects like mathematics and language to further scientific inquiry and understanding of science concepts, and conversely, how science can aid learning in other subjects. It also reiterates the benefits of learning science through inquiry and explores your "next steps" along the inquiry journey. Go to this unit.



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