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Institute for Inquiry: A Description of Inquiry

Institute for Inquiry: A Description of Inquiry

The Inquiry Approach to Learning - Early Learning 1. systematic instruction in skills students need to learn2. investigative approach to USE these skills in another context. The inquiry approach really focuses on the HOW we learn/find out rather then just focusing on content. It is concerned with acquiring the skills of learning. The approach is centred around finding possible solutions to a problem. In other words, investigating a question posed. Often the teacher is the questioner. How do you know this? An adventure with the Inquiry approach in Year 1 Year 1 at Regents Park investigated life cycles by following the progress of chickens hatching in their classroom. This topic evolved from the HSIE/Science focus which was on investigating "Living Things" and lifecycles. The Year 1 teachers began this real world investigations approach by using EKWQ... E is for EXPERIENCE K is for KNOWLEDGE W is for WONDER Q is for QUESTIONS Firstly the teachers wanted to find out about the experiences of the students - what they already knew about the topic.

The Inquiry Process Explained Visually for Teachers Learning is all about being curious and inquisitive. It is a process in which learners explore the unknown through their senses using both sensory and motor skills. Being involved and engaged in the learning task is the key to a successful learning journey and to elicit this kind of engagement from learners, teachers need to nurture a learning environment where students take responsibility for their learning and 'where they are only shown where to look but not told what to see'. Such environment definitely requires a solid approach and an informed strategy to learning one that is dubbed: inquiry-based learning. Inquiry-based learning is essential in developing the most solicited 21st century skills : problem solving and critical thinking.As a teacher, you might be wondering about ways to inculcate the precepts of strategy into your teaching and lesson planning.

Inquiry, Innovation and ICT Inquiry is process whereby learners wonder about and explore the world around them, investigate personally meaningful problems, issues or situations, construct new understandings and reflect on and share what they have learned with others. As Kuhlthau succinctly puts it, "[Inquiry] espouses investigation, exploration, search, quest, research, pursuit, and study." (Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century by Carol C. This web site was developed to support a session at ECOO 2012. What do teachers, teacher-librarians and students need to do to implement an inquiry-oriented program? When looking at the use of technology in the area of inquiry there are a number of ways in which it can be used. as a channel though which learners find and explore informationas a tool to facilitate the development new understandingsas a means of communication amongst learnersas a platform for sharing new understandings

Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) Java UpdateJan 15, 2014 On January 14, 2014, a new version of Java was released. Please update your computer to this version to continue using simulations and probes in WISE. Click here to download the latest java. WISE Image AnnotatorFeb 27, 2013 Check out the new WISE image annotator. Java UpdateFeb 20, 2013 For OS X 10.7 (mountain lion), typically Mac machines sold in 2011 and later, a security update will require you to reinstall the Java applet plugin to run many of the WISE4 projects. WISE in SpanishFeb 14, 2013 WISE is collaborating with a group in Argentina to create versions of all our activities in Spanish. WISE 4.6 is released! A stable release of WISE v4.6 is now available for download from WISE Server DowntimeOct 15, 2012 The WISE server will be down for maintenance on Saturday October 20th from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM PDT. WISE included in STEMworks DatabaseAug 17, 2012 WISE Book ReviewAug 17, 2012 WISE research highlighted by NSTAJun 27, 2012 WISE4.5 is released!

Inquiry-based Science Education Infographic K12 Infographics Inquiry-based science is sometimes conflated with “hands-on” science. While we know that actively engaging children with “hands-on” science is important, it isn’t enough. Inquiry-based science employs the diverse practices scientists use to study the natural world. Via: Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog! <a href=" title="Inquiry-based Science Education Infographic"><img width="1000" height="5708" src=" class="attachment-progression-single-uncropped wp-post-image" alt="Inquiry-based-Science-Infographic"/></a><br/><small>Find more <a href=" title="The No.1 Source for the Best Education Infographics">education infographics</a> on e-Learning Infographics</small>

Implementing the inquiry Continuum in the Classroom by Meri Johnson, Science Consultant, Clermont County Educational Service Center A school district in Ohio had barely passed the OGT science test with a 75% passage rate. However, when analyzing the data from individual schools, the district found that one school had a 92% passage rate, a score significantly higher than the other schools' scores. The size and the subgroups of the higher-achieving school were similar to those of the other schools in the district. So what was that school doing that was different from the others? After further investigation, it was found that this school required students to perform more student-directed inquiries than the other schools. Learning science through an inquiry approach can be very beneficial. What Is Inquiry? For many, just understanding what inquiry is can be difficult, let alone designing activities that support high levels of inquiry. Inquiry is central to science learning. Figure 1. The inquiry continuum can be used in multiple ways: Figure 4

Inquiry Based Science: What Does It Look Like? "Inquiry Based Science: What Does It Look Like?" Connect Magazine (published by Synergy Learning), March-April 1995, p. 13. To help in answering this question, teachers and administrators participating in the Vermont Elementary Science Project observed and discussed the actions of students engaged in hands-on, minds-on science exploration. Then they created this, "On the Run Reference Guide to the Nature of Elementary Science for the student " (1991, with revisions 1992) They wrote, "The intent is not to use this guide as a checklist, but as a statement of what we value in the areas of science processes, science dispositions, and science concept development We urge you to capture evidence of your own students engaging in these indicators " When students are doing inquiry based science, an observer will see that: Children View Themselves as Scientists in the Process of Learning. 1. Children Accept an "Invitation to Learn" and Readily Engage in The Exploration Process. 1.

How to Teach the Process of Science This module was authored by Anne E. Egger, Stanford University, as part of a collaboration between Visionlearning and the SERC Pedagogic Service, and includes the products of a July 2009 workshop on Teaching the Process of Science. Integrating the process of science into your teaching does not necessarily require making major changes. Key strategies Whether you are thinking about making big or small changes in your courses, the same principles apply in emphasizing the process of science: Be explicit Making the aspects of science that you consider implicit within your teaching explicit can significantly improve student understanding of the nature of science (McGinn & Roth, 1999 ). Most of our textbooks don't explicitly address the process of science. Tell stories In addition, bringing stories about scientists into your classroom helps students understand that science is a human endeavor. Use real data Assessment

Virtual Courseware for Inquiry-based Science Education VCISE is a collection of interactive, online simulations designed to enhance traditional middle and high school science curricula by providing supplements to experimental laboratory or field work. The inquiry-based activities emphasize the scientific method. Students make observations, propose hypotheses, design experiments, collect and analyze data generated by the simulation, and synthesize and communicate results through an electronic notebook and an online report. The activities include an online assessment quiz with randomized interactive questions. Standards See how each activity aligns to the U.S. Technical Requirements The activities require Macromedia Flash Player 8 and many functions require that pop-up blockers be disabled. Who We Are Read more about the individuals on the VCISE project team based at the California State University, Los Angeles. Contact Us If you have any questions, problems, or feedback to help us improve our material.

4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers According to Indiana University Bloomington, Inquiry-based learning is an “instructional model that centers learning on a solving a particular problem or answering a central question. There are several different inquiry-based learning models, but most have several general elements in common: Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectivesAcademic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutionsLearners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning processTeachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutionsLearners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner” The process itself can be broken down into stages, or phases, that help teachers frame instruction. 4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers 1. Student-to-material. 2. 3. 4.