Academic journal article Science and Children

Inquire Within

Academic journal article Science and Children

Inquire Within

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Inquire Within: Implementing Inquiry-Based Science Standards in Grades 3-8 is a teacher resource with much merit. The author, Douglas Llewellyn, begins with 29 pages that help teachers like you differentiate between what you may have thought science inquiry is and what it truly is. He exposes 12 misconceptions about inquiry-based teaching and learning, then negates them with well thought-out rebuttals. This section is worthwhile even if you don't have time to read the entire book.

What you thought was an inquiry-based teaching style might be challenged after reading this book. The author provides various approaches to teaching through inquiry. For each approach, the role of the teacher is explained in detail. Time management and student behavior in the inquiry-based classroom is addressed. Specific suggestions are given for creating the right physical environment. Tips for guiding special needs learners and second language learners are included.

If you're uncomfortable giving up your traditional "cookbook labs," as Llewellyn has dubbed them, he points out ways to modify them and create inquiry- and argument-based investigations. Differentiated inquiry is addressed, including using skill stations. Language instruction and integrating technology are also incorporated. Llewellyn directs teachers to see the shifting trends in scientific teaching. Students must not continue to be presented with the linear "scientific method" but should have opportunities to perform investigations that meet the standards of the Next Generation Science Standards. …

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