Academic journal article Science Scope

Inquire Within

Academic journal article Science Scope

Inquire Within

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By Douglas Llewellyn. $33.95. 364 pp. Corwin. Thousand Oaks, CA. 2014. ISBN: 9781452299280.

Inquire Within: Implementing Inquiry- and Argument-Based Science Standards in Grades 3-8 is a teacher resource with much merit. The book begins with 29 pages that will help teachers differentiate between what they may have thought science inquiry is and what it actually is. The author, Douglas Llewellyn, exposes 12 misconceptions about inquiry-based teaching and learning, then rebuts them with well-developed arguments. It is worth buying the book for this section alone, however the author goes beyond the theoretical to offer practical advice that will help all teachers implement inquiry- and argument-based investigations in their classrooms.

The book describes in detail various approaches to teaching through inquiry. Time management and student behavior in the inquiry-based classroom are addressed, and specific suggestions are given for creating the right physical environment. There are also tips for guiding special needs learners and second language learners.

For teachers who are uncomfortable giving up their traditional "cookbook labs," as Llewellyn has dubbed them, he points out ways to modify these labs to create inquiry and argument-based investigations. Differentiated inquiry is addressed, including using skill stations, as are language instruction and integrating technology. …

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